Expanded Whistleblower Provisions Applicable To Federal Contractors And Subcontractors Take Effect | Proskauer - Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update - JDSupra. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that expanded whistleblower protections took effect on July 3, 2013, to protect Government employees of "contractor, subcontractor, or grantees" who make claims of "gross mismanagement, gross waste, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety, or a violation of a law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract." Now who does that sound like who has been in the news recently? Wait, the Act exempts disclosures related to an "element of the intelligence community" under the NSA of 1984. Oops. Of course, such disclosures can't be protected. The intelligence community needs to be free to do whatever is necessary to keep us safe. However, who judges the violators? Who guarantees our freedom from abuse by the NSA? I think it is a fair question to ask as we celebrate Independence Day, which is a celebration of our forebears throwing off the yoke of monarchy and seeking a free, independent nation. Was yesterday an Independence Day, or another day spent sliding down the slippery slope?