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VBH-0002 - In the Matter of Don W. Beckwith

This Initial Agency Decision concerns a whistleblower complaint filed by Don W. Beckwith (the Complainant) against his former employer, Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC), under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. At all times relevant to this proceeding, WSRC was the management and operating contractor at the DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. The Complainant alleges that in December 1997, he disclosed to WSRC that a WSRC management official had engaged in improper conduct. According to the Complainant, WSRC terminated him in January 1998 as a consequence of his disclosure. As discussed below, I have determined that the Complainant is entitled to relief because WSRC has not sustained its evidentiary burden in this case.