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VBH-0061 - In the Matter of Bernard F. Cowan

This Initial Agency Decision involves a whistleblower complaint filed by Mr. Bernard F. Cowan under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. In his complaint, Mr. Cowan contends that reprisals were taken against him after he made certain disclosures concerning mismanagement and safety violations to DOE officials and to his employer, Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W), a contractor for the DOE’s Chicago Operations Office (DOE/CH). Mr. Cowan contends that ANL-W retaliated against him by (i) referring to him in an Occurrence Report, (ii) failing to select him for a training specialist position, (iii) including undue criticism of him on a performance evaluation, (iv) transferring him to a job that deprived him of compensation, and (v) suspending him for three days without pay.