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SUMMARY: The National Capital Planning If you believe that you have been the Commission is publishing this notice victim of unlawful discrimination on under the ‘‘Notification and Federal the basis of race, color, religion, sex, Employee Antidiscrimination and national origin or disability, you must Retaliation Act of 2002,’’ which is contact an Equal Employment known as the No FEAR Act, to inform Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 current employees, former employees, calendar days of the alleged and applicants for NCPC employment of discriminatory action, or, in the case of the rights and protections available to a personnel action, within 45 calendar them under Federal antidiscrimination, days of the effective date of the action, whistleblower protection and retaliation before you can file a formal complaint laws. of discrimination with your agency. See, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois e.g., 29 CFR 1614. If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful Schiffer, General Counsel, National discrimination on the basis of age, you Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th must either contact an EEO counselor as Street, NW., North Lobby 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20004; telephone: 202– noted above or give notice of intent to sue to the Equal Employment 482–7200; Fax: 202–482–7272. The eOpportunity Commission (EEOC) within mail contact is: Lois.Schiffer@ncpc.gov VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:24 Nov 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67919 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory action. If you are alleging discrimination based on marital status or political affiliation, you may file a written complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) at 1730 M Street, NW., Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036–4505 or online through the OSC Web site: http://www.osc.gov. 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If you believe that you have been the victim of whistleblower retaliation, you 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 Web site: http://www.osc.gov. Retaliation for Engaging in Protected Activity A Federal agency cannot retaliate against an employee or applicant because that individual exercises his or her rights under any of the Federal antidiscrimination or whistleblower protection laws listed above. If you believe that you are the victim of retaliation for engaging in protected activity, you must follow, as appropriate, the procedures described in the Antidiscrimination Laws and Whistleblower Protection Laws sections or, if applicable, the administrative or negotiated grievance procedures in order to pursue any legal remedy. 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National Endowment for the Arts; Proposed Collection; Comment Request Murray Welsh, Director, Administrative Services, National Endowment for the Arts. [FR Doc. E6–19873 Filed 11–22–06; 8:45 am] Arts that was published in the Federal Register on November 6, 2006 (Vol. 71, No. 214, page 65007). The correct date for the submission of written comments to the office listed in the address section below is on or before January 7, 2007. ADDRESSES: Tom Bradshaw, National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 616, Washington, DC 20506–0001, telephone (202) 682–5527 (this is not a toll-free number), fax (202) 682–5677. Murray Welsh, Director, Administrative Services, National Endowment for the Arts. [FR Doc. E6–19872 Filed 11–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7537–01–P ACTION: Notice. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 226 (Friday, November 24, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67919-67920]
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NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING COMMISSION


No FEAR Act Notice

AGENCY: National Capital Planning Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Capital Planning Commission is publishing this 
notice under the ``Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination 
and Retaliation Act of 2002,'' which is known as the No FEAR Act, to 
inform current employees, former employees, and applicants for NCPC 
employment of the rights and protections available to them under 
Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection and retaliation 
laws.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Schiffer, General Counsel, 
National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street, NW., North Lobby 
5th Floor, Washington, DC 20004; telephone: 202-482-7200; Fax: 202-482-
7272. The e-mail contact is: Lois.Schiffer@ncpc.gov (for e-mail 
messages, the subject line should include the reference ``No FEAR Act 
Notice''). A copy of this No FEAR Act Notice will be posted on NCPC's 
Web site, http://ww.ncpc.gov on November 17, 2006. Persons who cannot 
access this No FEAR Act Notice through the Internet may request a paper 
or electronic copy by contacting Ms. Schiffer at the address, telephone 
numbers, e-mail address, or fax number listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the 
``Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation 
Act of 2002,'' which is now known as the No FEAR Act. One purpose of 
the Act is to ``require that Federal agencies be accountable for 
violations of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.'' 
Public Law 107-174, Summary. In support of this purpose, Congress found 
that ``agencies cannot be run effectively if those agencies practice or 
tolerate discrimination.'' Public Law 107-174, Title I, General 
Provisions, section 101(1).
    The Act also requires this agency to provide this notice to Federal 
employees, former Federal employees and applicants for Federal 
employment to inform you of the rights and protections available to you 
under Federal antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.

Antidiscrimination Laws

    A Federal agency cannot discriminate against an employee or 
applicant with respect to the terms, conditions or privileges of 
employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, 
age, disability, marital status or political affiliation. 
Discrimination on these bases is prohibited by one or more of the 
following statutes: 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(1), 29 U.S.C. 206(d), 29 U.S.C. 
631, 29 U.S.C. 633a, 29 U.S.C. 791 and 42 U.S.C. 2000e-16.
    If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful 
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national 
origin or disability, you must contact an Equal Employment Opportunity 
(EEO) counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory 
action, or, in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days 
of the effective date of the action, before you can file a formal 
complaint of discrimination with your agency. See, e.g., 29 CFR 1614. 
If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination 
on the basis of age, you must either contact an EEO counselor as noted 
above or give notice of intent to sue to the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 calendar days of the alleged 
discriminatory action. If you are alleging discrimination based on 
marital status or political affiliation, you may file a written 
complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) at 1730 M 
Street, NW., Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036-4505 or online through the 
OSC Web site: http://www.osc.gov. In the alternative (or in some cases, 
in addition), you may pursue a discrimination complaint by filing a 
grievance through your agency's administrative or negotiated grievance 
procedures, if such procedures apply and are available.

Whistleblower Protection Laws

    A Federal employee with authority to take, direct others to take, 
recommend or approve any personnel action must not use that authority 
to take or fail to take, or threaten to take or fail to take, a 
personnel action against an employee or applicant because of disclosure 
of information by that individual that is reasonably believed to 
evidence violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; 
gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and 
specific danger to public health or safety, unless disclosure of such 
information is specifically prohibited by law and such information is 
specifically required by Executive order to be kept secret in the 
interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs.
    Retaliation against an employee or applicant for making a protected 
disclosure is prohibited by 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(8). If you believe that 
you have been the victim of whistleblower retaliation, you 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 Web site: http://www.osc.gov.

Retaliation for Engaging in Protected Activity

    A Federal agency cannot retaliate against an employee or applicant 
because that individual exercises his or her rights under any of the 
Federal antidiscrimination or whistleblower protection laws listed 
above. If you believe that you are the victim of retaliation for 
engaging in protected activity, you must follow, as appropriate, the 
procedures described in the Antidiscrimination Laws and Whistleblower 
Protection Laws sections or, if applicable, the administrative or 
negotiated grievance procedures in order to pursue any legal remedy.

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Disciplinary Actions

    Under the existing laws, each agency retains the right, where 
appropriate, to discipline a Federal employee for conduct that is 
inconsistent with Federal Antidiscrimination and Whistleblower 
Protection Laws up to and including removal. If OSC has initiated an 
investigation under 5 U.S.C. 1214, however, according to 5 U.S.C. 
1214(f), agencies must seek approval from the Special Counsel to 
discipline employees for, among other activities, engaging in 
prohibited retaliation. Nothing in the No FEAR Act alters existing laws 
or permits an agency to take unfounded disciplinary action against a 
Federal employee or to violate the procedural rights of a Federal 
employee who has been accused of discrimination.

Additional Information

    For further information regarding the No FEAR Act regulations, 
refer to 5 CFR part 724, as well as the appropriate offices and 
officers within the National Capital Planning Commission (e.g., EEO/
civil rights officer, human resources office or General Counsel's 
office). Additional information regarding Federal antidiscrimination, 
whistleblower protection and retaliation laws can be found at the EEOC 
Web site: http://www.eeoc.gov and the OSC Web site: http://www.osc.gov.

Existing Rights Unchanged

    Pursuant to section 205 of the No FEAR Act, neither the Act nor 
this notice creates, expands or reduces any rights otherwise available 
to any employee, former employee or applicant under the laws of the 
United States, including the provisions of law specified in 5 U.S.C. 
2302(d).

    Approved: November 17, 2006.
Patti Gallagher,
Executive Director, National Capital Planning Commission.
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