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Court of Appeals Rules NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Illegal

Posted in National Security, News
NSA Whistleblower Edward SnowdenWashington, D.C.  May 7, 2015.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) telephone metadata collection program, which gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed documents confirming the illegal program’s existence in June of 2013. The government argued that it was authorized… Continue Reading

UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld Speaks

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Bradley BirkenfeldBradley Birkenfeld, former UBS banker turned whistleblower tells his story in an article released today by CNBC’s Eamon Javers. Why did the US pay this former Swiss banker $104M? is accompanied by several short videos of the the interview Javers conducted with Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld is the world’s largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Whistleblower. He was rewarded for disclosing illegal… Continue Reading

House Holds Hearing Addressing Continued Whistleblower Retaliation Within VA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
VA WhistleblowersOn April 13, 2015, the House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs heard testimony on whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). The hearing focused on the treatment of whistleblowers within the VA, particularly the types and levels of retaliation they experience when reporting problems. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner testified that “In several cases,… Continue Reading

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Adds Members

Posted in News
United-States-CapitolThe Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus announced on April 14, that it is adding two new members. Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) are joining the bipartisan caucus, a group of senators committed to raising awareness of the value and need to protect individuals who call attention to fraud, waste and misconduct. “Whether it is in the government or… Continue Reading

Senators Laud Labor Department’s ‘Burden of Proof’ Interpretation for Whistleblowers

Posted in Department of Labor, News
US_Dept_of_LaborA bipartisan group of senators commended the Department of Labor, Administrative Review Board’s (ARB) interpretation of federal whistleblower protections provisions, clarifying the statutory burdens of proof in whistleblower cases. In two recent decisions, Fordham v. Fannie Mae, ARB No. 12-061 (Oct. 9, 2014) and Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad, ARB No. 13-034 (Mar. 20, 2105), the ARB found that employees should… Continue Reading

Swiss Banking Whistleblowers to Appear at Offshore Banking Conference

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
swissbanking2The Wall Street Journal reports that Swiss bank whistleblowers Bradley Birkenfeld and Hervé Falciani are schedule to take part in a panel discussion at the OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami Beach May 3-5. The panel entitled “Inside the UBS & HSBC Leaks,” will take participants  “inside the UBS and HSBC leaks and discuss issues material to whistleblowing, including the treatment of… Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn Discusses Treatment of Special Education Whistleblower in New York

Posted in News
On Friday March, 20, whistleblower advocate Stephen M. Kohn featured ‘Weekend Today in New York’ I-Team Report.  The I-Team report covered the story of a special ed teacher who was retaliated against by her school district after blowing the whistle on the fact that students who were not getting the help they are promised under law. Kohn described the retaliation… Continue Reading

House Investigation Reveals Commerce IG’s Pattern of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
JohnsonRepresentative Johnson calls for Commerce IG Todd Zinser to be removed from office The House Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight
Committee on Science, Space & Technology opened an investigation two years ago on Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser and his management of his office.   On March 26, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, delivered a floor statement that laid out… 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

Big Win For Whistleblowers At Labor Department

Posted in Department of Labor, News
DepartmentOfLabor_LogoWashington, D.C. March 23, 2015. The U.S. Department of Labor’s top whistleblower appeals board issued a 3-2 ruling setting forth the burdens of proof in corporate whistleblower cases.  The decision, issued on Friday, March 20th by the DOL Administrative Review Board (Board) in the case of Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034, establishes an employee-friendly standard,… Continue Reading

NWC’s Kohn Speaks at Labor and Employment Conference

Posted in Events
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower CenterStephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center gave a presentation at the 6th biennial Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 12, in New Orleans. During this conference, leading experts in labor and employment law made presentations on recent developments in all areas of labor and employment law. The Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section presented this two-day conference. Mr.… Continue Reading

Action Alert Asks Congress to Fix the FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
fbibuildingUrgent Action Needed!! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a critical hearing Wednesday, March 4, 2015 on FBI whistleblowers.  They will hear testimony from current and former FBI agents and the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center describing how FBI whistleblowers are subjected to illegal retaliation, and how the system designed to protect them is “broken.” Take Action and… Continue Reading

Rolling Stone Article Highlights Need to Protect Whistleblowers

Posted in News
This month Rolling Stone Magazine published a heartbreaking account of Countrywide whistleblower Michael Winston’s journey as a whistleblower. This account highlights the importance for whistleblowers to Know Your Rights before you blow the whistle. The decision – to remain quiet or to speak out – is extraordinarily difficult. Workers who blow the whistle can face retaliation, a hostile work environment,… Continue Reading

Senate to Hold Hearing on FBI’s Treatment of Whistleblowers

Posted in Events, FBI Whistleblowers, News
senator-grassley-whistleblower-caucusWashington, D.C. February 27, 2015. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled  “Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight,” on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10am in the Committee’s main hearing room, 226 Dirksen. Witnesses include Department of Justice Inspector General,  a current FBI whistleblower and Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Senators Launches Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted in Events, News
Utilizing Whistleblowers in the Fight Against Waste, Fraud and AbuseWashington, D.C. February 25, 2015. Today, Senator Charles Grassley announced the official formation of a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus during a press conference held in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room.  The founding members of the caucus are Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (chairman), Ron Wyden (D-OR) (vice-chairman), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) Thom Tillis (R-NC), Barbara… Continue Reading

Press Alert: Press Conference Wednesday to Launch Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted in Events, News
senator-grassley-whistleblower-caucusWashington, D.C.  February 24, 2015.  On Wednesday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden will host a press conference to launch the Whistleblower Protection Caucus in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the caucus and Sen. Wyden is the vice-chairman. A number of whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates… Continue Reading

Department of Labor to Hold Oral Arguments on Key Corporate Whistleblower Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, News
E._Barrett_Prettyman_Federal_Courthouse,_DCThe Department’s Top Judges will Decide the “Burden of Proof” Whistleblower Must Meet to Prevail in Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Cases The Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) will hold oral arguments in the case of Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034 on Wednesday, January 14 at 2pm.  This case will decide the burden of… Continue Reading

Oral Arguments in Key Supreme Court Whistleblower Case Scheduled for Tuesday

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingThe Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in an important case brought under the False Claims Act. In October, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter supporting the whistleblower. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) has used this case to continue… Continue Reading

November 2014 SEC Whistleblower Award List

Posted in Claim SEC Award, News
The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to… Continue Reading

Action Alert Issued Urging Attorney General to Investigate KBR

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert today: Urge Attorney General Holder to Investigate KBR and Support Whistleblowers! KBR, Largest Defense Contractor in Iraq About to Score Big Victory Against Whistleblowers Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) is sitting on documents that contain proof of millions of dollars in government contract fraud. A trial court reviewed these documents and… Continue Reading

Nearly $6 Billion Recovered Using False Claims Act In 2014

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), it obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This is the first time the DOJ has exceeded $5 billion in cases under the False Claims Act, and brings total recoveries… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Joins National #GivingTuesday To Encourage Spending With A Purpose

Posted in News
Washington, D.C.  November 24, 2014. The National Whistleblower Center is participating in the third annual #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday aims to inspire people to take action to give back in… Continue Reading