A communication which is protected is made to someone designated by law, rule or regulation to receive the information.
For military members, this includes any lawful communication to a member of Congress, an Inspector General, a member of a Department of Defense audit, inspection, investigation, or law enforcement organization, and/or any government official (to include chain-of-command management officials) designated under Component regulations or other established administrative procedures to receive such complaints.
For appropriated fund civilians, protected communications additionally includes disclosures to the Office of Special Counsel, or other entities designated to receive such disclosures of information reasonably believed by the employee to evidence a violation of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety (See 5 U.S.C. §2302).
For nonappropriated fund (NAF) employees, the protected communication further includes disclosures to any civilian employee or member of the Armed Forces designated by law or by the Secretary of Defense to receive such disclosures (See 10 U.S.C. §1587).
For an employee of a Defense contractor, the protected communication further includes disclosures to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a DoD employee responsible for contract oversight or management, an authorized official of an agency, or the Department of Justice (See 10 U.S.C. §2409). Note: Disclosures to contractor officials are not protected under the statute.
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