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Democratic-Run House Creates New Whistleblower Ombudsman

January 07, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

During their first hours controlling the House in the 116th Congress, Democrats on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 pushed through an array of single-chamber rules changes that included the creation of a long-sought Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman. By a 418-12 vote, the House on Thursday approved Title II of a larger resolution creating the position appointed by the chamber's speaker and supervised by the House Administration Committee to “promulgate best practices for whistleblower intake for offices of the House.”