Alert observers may look for the nominees' responses to questions about the effectiveness of whistleblower remedies currently available through MSPB, how the nominees might use the power provided by 5 U.S.C. §1204(a)(3) to conduct studies on whether the protections are adequate, and how MSPB could apply 5 U.S.C. §1214(g) to provide remedies for federal employee whistleblowers. The nominees might also face questions about MSPB's standards for orders staying a reprisal in Individual Right of Action (IRA) cases under 5 U.S.C. §1221(c). The current MSPB regulation at 5 CFR §1209.10(b)(3) requires a showing of "substantial likelihood" whereas the standard under 5 CFR §1201.134(a) only requires a "reasonable grounds to believe" for requests made by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Finally, there might be some discussion of the pending Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), and how MSPB might respond to proposals made in various versions of that bill.