Management of the Program to Protect Trucking Company Employees Against Reprisal Gao ID: GGD-88-123 September 22, 1988

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) management of the Whistleblower Protection Program for trucking company employees who allege safety violations by employers.

GAO found that OSHA: (1) has not devoted enough management attention to the Whistleblower Protection Program; (2) did not fully comply with the statutory requirement that it investigate and issue findings on whistleblower complaints within 60 days; (3) inadequately publicized the program; and (4) plans to have a new management information system in operation by January 1989, which will provide direct access to data maintained in OSHA regional offices. GAO also found that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Motor Carriers (OMC) and OSHA did not have procedures to provide OMC with information from complaints alleging motor carrier safety violations.


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