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Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman


 The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA) requires SIGTARP’s Inspector General to designate a “Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman (WPO).”  The WPO’s role is to educate SIGTARP employees about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures and their rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures.
​ This page and the linked information accessible from this page are designed to serve as an educational tool for SIGTARP employees about whistleblower protections.
The law does not permit the WPO to act as a legal representative, agent, or advocate for SIGTARP employees.  Therefore, if you have questions related to specific circumstances and situations, it is advisable to seek assistance or representation from outside legal counsel.
Special Inspector General Christy Romero, has designated B. Chad Bungard, as part of his duties as the General Counsel, to serve as the WPO for SIGTARP.​



 WPO Contact Information

SIGTARP employees can obtain information about whistleblower issues by contacting the SIGTARP WPO at:



 What is a Whistleblower?

A "whistleblower" discloses information he/she reasonably believes evidences:
  • ​A violation of any law, rule, or regulation
  • Gross mismanagement:  substantial risk of significant adverse impact on mission
  • Gross waste of funds:  more than a debatable expenditure
  • Abuse of authority:  an arbitrary decision for personal gain and/or to injure others
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety

 Whistleblower Protection Background

​Disclosures by whistleblowers can save lives and taxpayer dollars.  Broadly speaking, Federal whistleblower law is designed to protect SIGTARP employees and applicants who speak out against illegal, wasteful, and dangerous practices and who cooperate with or disclose information to the SIGTARP WPO or the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) (​), among other things.

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