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TBH-0072 - In the Matter of Dean P. Dennis

This Initial Agency Decision concerns a whistleblower complaint (the “Complaint”) filed by Dean P. Dennis (Mr. Dennis or the “Complainant”) against his former employer, National Security Technologies, LLC (hereinafter referred to as “NSTec”), under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program regulations set forth at 10 C.F.R. Part 708. At all times relevant to this proceeding, NSTec managed and operated the Nevada Test Site and other satellite facilities for the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) 1 Nevada Site Office. Mr. Dennis alleges in his Complaint that during his employment tenure with NSTec he made several disclosures protected under 10 C.F.R. Part 708 and that NSTec terminated him in retaliation for his having made those protected disclosures. Mr. Dennis seeks monetary damages, reimbursement of medical bills for a one-year period beginning from the date of his termination, an offer of re-employment with NSTec, an apology letter, a letter of recommendation, the deletion from his personnel and personnel security files of any reference to his “termination for cause” and a notation in his personnel and personnel security files of “layoff” to explain his absence from the workplace after June 6, 2007. As discussed below, I have determined that the Complainant is not entitled to relief under 10 C.F.R. Part 708.