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Whistleblower Notification

2.7 Whistleblower Notification (Improper governmental action)
Year Adopted
1992
Revised
2009, 2019

Policy

Clover Park Technical College recognizes its obligation to encourage and promote responsible governmental action. Employees are encouraged to report any improper governmental action by a state employee to the Office of the State Auditor. “Improper Governmental Action” is any action that violates state law, abuses authority, wastes public funds or endangers public health or safety.

Procedure

Who can report:
Any current Washington State employee may report a suspected improper governmental action through the Whistleblower Program.

Where to report:
Reports may be made:

  1. To the College’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, who will forward the assertions to the State Auditor’s Office within 15 calendar days of receipt; OR
  2. To the State Auditor’s Office at:
    Mail: Washington State Auditor Office
    Attention: State Employee Whistleblower Program
    P.O. Box 40031 Olympia, WA 98504-0031
    Facsimile: (360) 586-3519
    E-Mail: whistleblower@sao.wa.gov
    Web: http://www.sao.wa.gov/whistleblower/faqs

When to report:
For an improper governmental action to be investigated by the State Auditor’s Office, it must be provided to the Auditor or other public official within one year after occurrence of the action, under RCW 42.40.040(1)(a).

Whistleblower assertions may be submitted anonymously.

The identity and identifying characteristics of a whistleblower shall be kept confidential unless the Auditor determines that the information has been provided other than in good faith, under RCW 42.40.040(5)(c).

College employees shall not retaliate against any whistleblower or perceived whistleblower, or against any witness who provides information during an investigation or who is perceived to be a witness.

If you feel you are being retaliated against as a result of filing an assertion or providing information during an investigation, or because you are believed to have filed a whistleblower report or provided information, you may file a claim with the Washington State Human Rights Commission at www.hum.wa.gov. See File A Complaint

The College will notify each employee annually of the Whistleblower Act.

Signed Procedure