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VBZ-0084 - In the Matter of Steven F. Collier

This Decision considers an Appeal of an Initial Agency Decision (IAD) issued on May 20, 2003, involving a Complaint filed by Steven F. Collier (Collier or the Complainant) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. In his Complaint, Collier claims that Fluor Fernald, Inc. (FFI), the prime contractor operating the DOE’s Fernald, Ohio site and his former direct employer, Coleman Research Corporation (CRC), an FFI subcontractor, terminated him in retaliation for making disclosures that are protected under Part 708. The termination came as part of a site-wide reduction in force (RIF) conducted by FFI. In the IAD, the Hearing Officer determined that CRC had shown that it would have terminated the Complainant, even in the absence of the protected disclosures. Collier filed a Statement setting forth the issues he believes should be considered in this review. CRC and FFI filed responses to the Collier Statement of Issues.