The Whistleblower Act allows state employees to report suspected incidents of improper governmental action. All reports of suspected improper governmental actions must be reported directly to the Office of the State Auditor Whistleblower Program.
The identity of those who report suspected improper governmental actions is kept confidential.
The law makes retaliation against people whose assertions result in a whistleblower investigation unlawful and authorizes remedies should it occur. The State Auditor's Office is responsible for investigating and reporting on assertions of improper governmental action.
FOR A COMPLAINT TO QUALIFY FOR THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM:
- You must be a current employee of a Washington state agency.
- The alleged violation must have occurred within the last 12 months.
- The State Auditor’s Office cannot investigate complaints involving personnel matters such as grievances, appointments, promotions, reprimands, suspensions, dismissals, harassment and discrimination.