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VWA-0040 - In the Matter of Rosie L. Beckham

Rosie L. Beckham (hereinafter the complainant) filed a complaint against her former employer, KENROB and Associates, Inc. (hereinafter the contractor) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. The program prohibits a DOE contractor from retaliating against an employee for disclosing certain information (a protected disclosure). A DOE office investigated the complaint and issued a report, which concluded that the complainant was not entitled to relief. The complainant requested a hearing, and I was appointed to conduct the hearing and issue an initial agency decision. As explained below, this initial agency decision concludes that the complainant has not met her burden of demonstrating that she made a protected disclosure. Accordingly, the decision denies the complainant’s request for relief.