The FBI is revamping its whistleblower rules to make it easier and potentially lucrative for agents and employees to report misconduct within the agency, reports the Wall Street Journal. The changes, which include expanding the list of those eligible to receive a complaint and making whistleblowers potentially able to receive compensation, are aimed at ensuring complaints are processed and decided promptly and fairly.
The rules come amid a renewed debate about how to protect whistleblowers who work at U.S. intelligence agencies. The issue that has found new urgency after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents showing the extent of U.S. surveillance. The new rules stem from a 2012 presidential directive designed to improve protection of whistleblowers who work at intelligence agencies.