2 U.S. Code § 1416 - Confidentiality

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(a) Counseling
All counseling shall be strictly confidential, except that the Office and a covered employee may agree to notify the employing office of the allegations.
(b) Mediation
All mediation shall be strictly confidential, and the Executive Director shall notify each person participating in the mediation of the confidentiality requirement and of the sanctions applicable to any person who violates the confidentiality requirement.
(c) Hearings and deliberations
Except as provided in subsections (d), (e), and (f), all proceedings and deliberations of hearing officers and the Board, including any related records, shall be confidential. This subsection shall not apply to proceedings under section 1341 of this title, but shall apply to the deliberations of hearing officers and the Board under that section. The Executive Director shall notify each person participating in a proceeding or deliberation to which this subsection applies of the requirements of this subsection and of the sanctions applicable to any person who violates the requirements of this subsection.
(d) Release of records for judicial action
The records of hearing officers and the Board may be made public if required for the purpose of judicial review under section 1407 of this title.
(e) Access by committees of Congress
At the discretion of the Executive Director, the Executive Director may provide to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Ethics of the Senate access to the records of the hearings and decisions of the hearing officers and the Board, including all written and oral testimony in the possession of the Office. The Executive Director shall not provide such access until the Executive Director has consulted with the individual filing the complaint at issue, and until a final decision has been entered under section 1405(g) or 1406(e) of this title.
(f) Final decisions
A final decision entered under section 1405(g) or 1406(e) of this title shall be made public if it is in favor of the complaining covered employee, or in favor of the charging party under section 1331 of this title, or if the decision reverses a decision of a hearing officer which had been in favor of the covered employee or charging party. The Board may make public any other decision at its discretion.

Source

(Pub. L. 104–1, title IV, § 416,Jan. 23, 1995, 109 Stat. 38; Pub. L. 114–6, § 2(c),Mar. 20, 2015, 129 Stat. 81.)
Amendments

2015—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 114–6, § 2(c)(1), inserted before period at end “, and the Executive Director shall notify each person participating in the mediation of the confidentiality requirement and of the sanctions applicable to any person who violates the confidentiality requirement”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 114–6, § 2(c)(2), inserted at end “The Executive Director shall notify each person participating in a proceeding or deliberation to which this subsection applies of the requirements of this subsection and of the sanctions applicable to any person who violates the requirements of this subsection.”
Change of Name

Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Ethics of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 5, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Jan. 5, 2011.
Effective Date of 2015 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 114–6applicable with respect to mediations and other proceedings first initiated after Mar. 20, 2015, see section 2(d) ofPub. L. 114–6, set out as a note under section 1403 of this title.

 

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