DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY
NO FEAR ACT NOTICE
On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the “Notification and Federal Employee
Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002,” which is now known as the No FEAR Act. One
purpose of the Act is to “require that Federal agencies be accountable for violations of
antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.” Public Law 107-174, Summary. In
support of this purpose, Congress found that “agencies cannot be run effectively if those
agencies practice or tolerate discrimination.” Public Law 107-174, Title I, General
Provisions, section 101(1).
The Act also requires this agency to provide this notice to Federal employees, former
Federal employees and applicants for Federal employment to inform you of the rights and
protections available to you under Federal antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
A Federal agency cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant with respect to
the terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, marital status or political affiliation. Discrimination on these
bases is prohibited by one or more of the following statutes: 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(1), 29 U.S.C.
206(d), 29 U.S.C. 631, 29 U.S.C. 633a, 29 U.S.C. 791 and 42 U.S.C. 2000e-16.
If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability, you must contact an Equal Employment
Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory action, or, in
the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action, before
you can file a formal complaint of discrimination with your agency. See, e.g. 29 CFR 1614. If
you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, you
must either contact an EEO counselor as noted above or give notice of intent to sue to the Equal