[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 92 (Tuesday, May 13, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27342-27343]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10921]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2014-0012]


Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Announcement of WPAC charter renewal.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2), and after 
consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of 
Labor is renewing the charter for the Whistleblower Protection Advisory 
Committee. The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform its duties 
under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the OSH Act) of 1970 (29 
U.S.C. 655, 656). Authority to establish this Committee is at Section 
11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 29 U.S.C. 660(c); the 
Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. 31105; the Asbestos 
Hazard Emergency Response Act, 15 U.S.C. 2651; the International Safe 
Container Act, 46 U.S.C. 80507; the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 
300j-9(i); the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367; the 
Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. 2622; the Solid Waste Disposal 
Act, 42 U.S.C. 6971; the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622; the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 
42 U.S.C. 9610; the Energy Reorganization Act, 42 U.S.C. 5851; the 
Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st 
Century, 49 U.S.C. 42121; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1514A; the 
Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, 49 U.S.C. 60129; the Federal Railroad 
Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. 20109; the National Transit Systems Security Act, 
6 U.S.C. 1142; the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 
2087; the Affordable Care Act, 29 U.S.C. 218C; the Consumer Financial 
Protection Act, 12 U.S.C. 5567; the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 
2114; the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, 21 U.S.C. 399d; and the 
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C. 30171. The 
Committee is diverse and balanced, both in terms of categories of 
stakeholders (e.g., subject matter experts, labor, management, and 
state plans), and in the views and interests represented by the 
members.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Meghan Smith, OSHA, Directorate of 
Whistleblower Protection Programs, Room N-4624, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone 
(202) 693-2199; email smith.meghan.p@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee will advise OSHA on ways to 
improve the fairness, efficiency, and transparency of OSHA's 
whistleblower investigations. This includes advice on improving the 
investigative and enforcement processes, the training of OSHA 
investigators, improving the regulations governing OSHA investigations, 
and cooperative activities with federal agencies responsible for areas 
also covered by the whistleblower protection statutes enforced by OSHA. 
The Committee will function solely as an advisory body in compliance 
with the provisions of FACA and OSHA's regulations covering advisory 
committees (29 CFR part 1912).

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this 
notice under the authority granted by the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), its implementing regulations 
(41 CFR part 102-3), chapter 1600 of Department of Labor Management 
Series 3 (Mar. 17, 2008), Secretary of Labor's Order 1-2012 (Jan. 18, 
2012), 77 FR 3912 (Jan.

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25, 2012), and the Secretary of Labor's authority to administer the 
whistleblower provisions found in Section 11(c) of the Occupational 
Safety and Health Act, 29 U.S.C. 660(c); the Surface Transportation 
Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. 31105; the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response 
Act, 15 U.S.C. 2651; the International Safe Container Act, 46 U.S.C. 
80507; the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(i); the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367; the Toxic Substances 
Control Act, 15 U.S.C. 2622; the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 
6971; the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622; the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 
9610; the Energy Reorganization Act, 42 U.S.C. 5851; the Wendell H. 
Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, 49 U.S.C. 
42121; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1514A; the Pipeline Safety 
Improvement Act, 49 U.S.C. 60129; the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 49 
U.S.C. 20109; the National Transit Systems Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 1142; 
the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 2087; the 
Affordable Care Act, 29 U.S.C. 218C; the Consumer Financial Protection 
Act, 12 U.S.C. 5567; the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114; the 
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, 21 U.S.C. 399d; and the Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C. 42121.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on May 6, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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