Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I am a federal employee with more than 35 years of service. From 2000 to 2004, I was a program manager for an agency. During that time, I discovered many past questionable activities within the program before my time there.
In 2005, I submitted a report of my findings of the many alleged program deficiencies to my supervisors and requested program audit/review for this agency’s program. The deficiencies were for negligence, violations of federal statutes, sexual discrimination, program mismanagement, etc. I emphasized concerns for taxpayers. Upper management refused to take action and failed to acknowledge my request.
Is the Statute of Limitations applicable for the federal government’s refusal to take action in this situation? Many of these violations occurred decades ago. What is the Statute of Limitations, if any, for the government’s refusal to take action on its reported negligence?
It seems to me that you have done about as much as you can. Keep a record of your disclosures, so that no one blames you. You might also consider making the disclosures to your IG or the Office of Special Counsel disclosure unit. If you experience reprisal, you can file a reprisal complaint at the Office of Special Counsel (www.osc.gov).
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
Disclaimer: Ask a Lawyer publishes information on this website for informational purposes only. Information on this website is intended – but not promised, guaranteed, or warranted – to reflect correct, complete and current developments. In addition, the contents of the website do not constitute legal advice and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the attorney. Information from this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for specific legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. You should not act, or refrain from acting, based on information on this website without seeking specific legal advice about your particular circumstances. No attorney-client relationship between you and Ask a Lawyer’s author is created by the transmission of information to or from this site.