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Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Highlights Importance of Whistleblowers on World Wildlife Day

Posted in Events, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
#WWD2016 #InOurHandsToday, the Departments of Justice, State, and the Interior, co-hosted a panel discussion with the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to celebrate “World Wildlife Day.” John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, underscored the urgency of combating wildlife trafficking by reminding the audience, “If we don’t do better, we’re going to be telling… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Joins World Wildlife Day Movement

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
World Wildlife Day #WWD2016 #InOurHandsThe National Whistleblower Center has sent some of our staff to attend today’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) events in New York City and Washington D.C. They will be meeting with international leaders and organizers who are leading the charge to protect wildlife across the globe. The United Nations introduced World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2013, to celebrate the beauty… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Project Wins People’s Choice Award

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Crime Tech ChallengeProtections for wildlife whistleblowers greatly enhanced Washington, D.C. February 10, 2016.  The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced that the National Whistleblower Center won its People’s Choice competition.  The National Whistleblower Center’s “Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System” received the most votes in the worldwide competition. The NWC’s project was one of 44 projects from around the world eligible for the People’s… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Wins Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Award

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersWashington D.C., USA. January 21, 2016—The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge program, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, announced today that the National Whistleblower Center’s “Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System” is one of the Wildlife Crime Challenge prize winners. Launched in 2014, the Wildlife… Continue Reading

Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental Protection

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental ProtectionWashington, D.C. January 4, 2016. The Environmental Law Reporter published an article that explains how the monetary rewards provisions for whistleblowers in both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. The article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence,” published… Continue Reading

Wildlife Crime Whistleblower Protection Campaign Unveiled

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersNew Tool to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Washington, D.C. October 27, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today the launch of a new campaign to protect wildlife crime whistleblowers. This campaign was developed in response to inquiries from anti-trafficking NGOs and government officials who sought a way to incentivize whistleblowers to report wildlife crimes. The NWC identified seven major wildlife laws,… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Allegations Trigger TransCanada Investigation

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, News
transcanada-pipeA March 18, 2015 report by Reuters New Agency reveals Canada’s energy regulator , National Energy Board (NEB) is investigating up to a dozen new allegations of natural gas pipeline safety-code violations at TransCanada. According to the exclusive report, this is the second time in recent years NEB has looked into the safety practices at Canada’s second-largest pipeline company following complaints by a… Continue Reading

Ry Cooder writes song for Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
Singer-Songwriter Ry Cooder has written and recorded a song honoring environmental whistleblower Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.  Called "Kool-Aid," the song is featured in Cooder’s new album, "Election Special." Cooder (pictured in this photo by Dani Canto) felt inspired to write this song after hearing Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s interview on the Smiley & West show. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo sacrificed her career at the U.S.… Continue Reading

Occupy EPA protest planned for March 30

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Occupy EPA is marching again. On Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12 noon, they will march from Franklin Square Park (13th & I Sts NW in Washington, DC) to the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (12th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Federal Triangle, Washington DC). There, at 1:00 pm, they will lead a rally with EPA whistleblowers, Dr. Marsha… Continue Reading

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo on C-SPAN this weekend

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events
You can catch Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library on C-Span/Book TV starting tomorrow. Called No FEAR: A Whistleblowers Triumph, the lecture draws on her book, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  You can read our coverage of her book signing here. C-SPAN will air Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture: Saturday, January 21st at 9:15am (ET)… Continue Reading

Honest Appalachia launches whistleblower site

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
On-line activists in West Virginia have launched a whistleblower web site called Honest Appalachia.  It provides a means for whistleblowers to upload documents for public disclosure. The project’s lead developer, Garrett Robinson, told WFPL that the objective is to help local journalists get information about local issues that can help them make more useful reports about Appalachian issues. The project… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Handbook, Second Edition, is released today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Publications and Resources, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
The NWC is proud to announce the release of the second edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. This second edition includes a new 20–page checklist on the procedures for obtaining Dodd-Frank Act rewards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The checklist covers the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on… Continue Reading

Occupy DC Occupies EPA

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Activists from Occupy Washington DC on Freedom Plaza marched to the headquarters of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday. Billed as "Occupy EPA," the event called on the EPA to do its job to protect Americans from toxic pollution. The march had a decidedly pro-whistleblower theme as we marched from Freedom Plaza to EPA headquarters. Led by Dr. Margaret… Continue Reading

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo celebrates her NO FEAR book

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, Government Whistleblowers, Images
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (pictured with Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy) celebrated the release of her new book at Busboys and Poets last night. Her book is called, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  The event began with a short documentary film produced and directed by Tylon Washington and Shawna Glover. The film began with interviews in… Continue Reading

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo speaks in NO FEAR

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News
No Fear: A Whistleblowers Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA is a new book by environmental whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (pictured, with EPA whistleblowers David Lewis and Bill Sanjour). In 1996, Dr. Coleman-Adebayo was a senior policy analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was assigned to an international team to assist the new democratic government of South… Continue Reading

Joe Davidson calls EPA’s OCR “a disaster area”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Joe Davidson says, "If the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights were a chunk of ground, it would be declared a disaster area." Mr. Davidson recounts the findings made by Deloitte Consulting in a report released last month. He also noted the call made by the National Whistleblowers Center to oust OCR’s director, Rafael… Continue Reading

EPA tells POLITICO it will investigate DeLeon

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News
POLITICO reporter Robin Bravender released a story on Friday saying that EPA spokesperson Brendan Gilfillan promised that EPA would "look into" the allegations of the open letter the National Whistleblowers Center released last week. Gilfillan told Bravender that Jackson is “deeply committed to issues of environmental justice, civil rights and a healthy workplace for all.” NWC’s open letter alleges that… Continue Reading

NWC calls on EPA to oust Civil Rights Director

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
Today I am writing to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and asking her to remove Mr. Rafael DeLeon, the Director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Last month, Deloitte Consulting issued a report on OCR finding that it is essentially dysfunctional. It fails in its core responsibility of protecting civil rights. Moreover, since… Continue Reading

OIG: 25% of U.S. Nuclear Plants Fail to Report Safety Defects

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
It’s been two weeks since Japan was struck by a horrific earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami. Since then, workers have been struggling to prevent or contain radiation leaks, explosions, fires, and power outages at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This tragedy has thrust the issue of nuclear safety into the forefront of American consciousness and debate. With 104… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers speak in The Big Uneasy

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
The Big Uneasy is a new feature documentary movie by Harry Shearer. It responds to those (including President Obama) who say that New Orleans was the victim of a terrible natural disaster. That response:  No. New Orleans could have handled Hurricane Katrina if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had not wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in projects that… Continue Reading

DOL issues new final rules for environmental whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers
The U.S. Department of Labor has finally issued its responses to comments submitted in 2007 about its interim regulations for nuclear and environmental whistleblowers. Codified at 29 CFR Part 24, these regulations have been trendsetters for regulations affecting other whistleblower statutes. The Department had issued interim regulations in 2007, and received a variety of comments, including comments made by the… Continue Reading

Amicus briefs address OSHA complaints and protected activity

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
My colleague, Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center) and I spent New Year’s Eve racing the clock to file two friend-of-the-court "amicus" briefs with the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB). Last November, the ARB issued an invitation to file amicus briefs to address a series of questions about the requirements for valid whistleblower complaints.… Continue Reading

UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity Loses

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
My client Dr. David Lewis has written an essay about a disappointing outcome of his qui tam whistleblower lawsuit. It is called "UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity Loses." If you want to read more, I recommend another piece he wrote called, "EPA Fired Oil-Degradation Expert Concerned about Deepwater Oil Rigs: The Iron Horse of Science." Here is "UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity… Continue Reading