No FEAR Act

About the No FEAR Act

The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act), (Public Law No. 107-174) was passed by both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush May 15, 2002.

The No FEAR Act became effective on October 1, 2003.

The intent of the Act is to help ensure that federal agencies:

  • Pay more attention to EEO and whistle blower activities
  • Expeditiously to resolve complaints at the administrative level when appropriate

No FEAR Act Notification

The No FEAR Act requires this agency to provide this notice to Federal employees, former Federal employees and applicants for Federal employment about their rights and protections related to Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection and retaliation.

ACF is committed to complying with the policies, regulations and procedures as outlined in the Act.  Learn more abou the No FEAR Act on the Office of Personnel Management website.

Other Requirements

The No FEAR Act also requires federal agencies to:

  • Post statistical data relating to federal sector equal employment opportunity complaints on its public website
  • Ensure that managers have adequate training in the management of a diverse workforce, early and alternative conflict resolution, and essential communications skills
  • Conduct studies on the trends and causes of complaints of discrimination
  • Implement new measures to improve the complaint process and the work environment
  • Initiate timely and appropriate discipline against employees who engage in misconduct related to discrimination or reprisal
  • Reimburse the Judgment Fund for any discrimination and whistleblower related settlements or judgments reach in federal court
  • Produce annual reports of status and progress to Congress, the Attorney General and the U.S. Equal Employment Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Data

The following report, as required by Title III, Section 301 of the No Fear Act is the statistical summary relating to equal employment opportunity complaints filed with the Department of Health and Human Services by employees or former employees of, or applicants for employment with the Department of Health and Human Services.

No Fear Act Data

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