The Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act), Public Law 107-174, 5 U.S.C. § 2301 note, is intended to improve agency accountability for antidiscrimination and whistleblower laws. Under these laws, a federal agency may not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or political affiliation, nor may an agency retaliate against an employee or applicant for making a protected disclosure. An employee or applicant who believes that he or she has been the victim of whistleblower retaliation may file a written complaint (Form OSC-11) with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel at 1730 M Street NW, Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036-4505 or online through the OSC website at: www.osc.gov.
The No FEAR Act requires each agency to provide training and an annual notice to its employees, former employees, and applicants for employment concerning their rights and remedies. Agencies must also prepare an annual report with information about their efforts to improve compliance with these laws and post summary data on their websites. Selecting the "Download" button above will download the Administrative Conference's most recent No FEAR Act Notice.
Select the following links for access to the Administrative Conference's Annual Report for FY 2016 and for the Conference's No FEAR Act Notice as published in the Federal Register. As noted in the Annual Report for 2016, there have been no equal employment opportunity complaints filed with the Administrative Conference since its re-establishment in 2010. Thus the number of such complaints filed for each quarter to date has been zero.