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Federal Employees
Intelligence Community

ALG represents clients who work for intelligence agencies, such as:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Department of Defense intelligence agencies (NGA, NRO, AFISRA, INSCOM, ONI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)


Employees of these agencies do not typically have MSPB appeal rights or whistleblowing rights under the Whistleblowers Protection Enhancement Act. However, employees of these agencies still have rights.

Employees of intelligence agencies may have MSPB appeal rights if they are “preference eligible veterans” or if they are covered by certain grandfathering provisions. These employees also have the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace.

Additionally, employees of some of these agencies have protections designed specifically for their agency. For example, the Department of Defense OIG has special procedures for DoD intelligence community employees who are facing whistleblowing retaliation or may be facing retaliation in the processing of their security clearance. Additionally, the FBI has its own whistleblowing statute and administrative process for pursuing claims of whistleblower protections. Moreover, the anti-discrimination laws apply to all of these agencies.

Our attorneys are specially trained in the procedures and policies that apply to agencies in the intelligence community and their employees. If you are employed by one of these agencies and feel that your job is at risk, contact us to discuss your legal rights.


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