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TBH-0075 - In the Matter of Richard L. Rieckenberg

This Initial Agency Decision involves two whistleblower complaints, one filed by Jonathan K. Strausbaugh (Case No. TBH-0073) and the other filed by Richard L. Rieckenberg (Case No. TBH-0075) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. Both complainants were employees of KSL Services, Inc. (“KSL” or “the contractor”), a contractor providing technical services on the site of the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where they were employed until June 14, 2007. In their respective complaints, Mr. Strausbaugh and Mr. Rieckenberg contend that they made protected disclosures to officials of KSL and LANL and that KSL retaliated against them in response to these disclosures. Mr. Strausbaugh seeks back pay and benefits from the date of his suspension, reinstatement, and the expunging from his personnel record of any negative references to his suspension and termination. Mr. Rieckenberg similarly seeks back pay and benefits from the date of his suspension, reinstatement (or nine months of severance pay if reinstatement is not practicable), and a formal letter from KSL clearing his personnel record of any evidence of his suspension or termination.