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Inspector General Failed to Protect VA Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
Whistleblowers: VA's Watchdog Office Is Failing UsYesterday, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) held a hearing with Veterans Affairs whistleblowers, the current Acting Inspector General and Special Counsel for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to investigate claims of veteran abuse and continued agency misconduct and whistleblower retaliation at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. Dr. Katherine Mitchell and Dr. Lisa Nee testified about the malpractice and… Continue Reading

Senate Recognizes Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Posted in News
National Whistleblower DayWashington, D.C. Washington, D.C. July 30, 2015. Today, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30th as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law, enacted by the Continental Congress 237 years ago, at the height of the American Revolution.… Continue Reading

Senators Set to Speak at First Congressional Celebration for Whistleblowers

Posted in Events, News
United-States-CapitolWashington, D.C. July 28, 2015. On July 30th, seven senators will come together for the first time to publicly celebrate our nation’s whistleblowers. The celebration, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, is being held on “National Whistleblower Day” in commemoration of the Founding Fathers’ passing the first ever whistleblower law in 1778, as well as the crucial role whistleblowers play… Continue Reading

Grassroots Coalition Pushes to Establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Legislation, News
Washington, D.C.  July 27, 2015. Today, over fifty grassroots advocacy groups and individual whistleblowers joined together to support the creation of a National Whistleblower Day. In a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders, they stated the importance of the establishment of July 30th as a day to recognize the critical role whistleblowers play in maintaining the integrity of our… Continue Reading

Recent Settlements under the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
medicare-fraud2The below cases were settled by the Department of Justice in April 2015: Texas-Based Citizens Medical Center Agrees to Pay United States $21.75 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations Citizens Medical Center, a county-owned hospital in Victoria, Texas, agreed to pay the United States $21,750,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in… Continue Reading

Deadline for FOIA Appeals at SEC Extended to 90 days

Posted in News
SEC Extends Deadline for FOIA Appeals to 90 DaysOn July 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final rule regarding its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. The SEC was considering imposing a 30-day time limit in which to file an appeal under FOIA. Instead, the SEC extended the time frame to 90 days. National Whistleblower Center General Counsel David K. Colapinto submitted comments to the… Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Program Releases 2014 Report to Congress

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2014 Report to CongressOn July 6, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Office released its Report to Congress for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. According to the report, in 2014 the Whistleblower Office received more claim submissions than in any other year. The total claims received in 2014 were 14,365, an increase of 3,845 compared to FY 2013. The IRS paid 101 awards… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Campaigns For National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Legislation, News
The National Whistleblower Center issued an alert today asking its Action Alert Network to push Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Day. The action alert is below: Demand Congress Pass National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! Take Action! Urge Congress To Make Whistleblower Protection A High Priority Through Enacting National Whistleblower Appreciation Day… Continue Reading

Sarajevo Whistleblower Week Provides Forum to Discuss Different Approaches to Whistleblower Protection

Posted in Events, International
Sarajevo Whistleblower WeekThe following is a guest blog by Bojan Bajic.* Sarajevo Whistleblower Week (SWW) 2015, which occurred in the last week of May in Sarajevo was seen in a light of “clash” of two approaches: the first one representing pro-active American approach providing a “incentive based protection” to a whistleblower and the second passive European anti-retaliation whistleblower protection. A special guest of… Continue Reading

New Website Promotes Establishment of A National Whistleblower Day

Posted in News, Publications and Resources, Whistleblowing Works
Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Today the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group, launched a website promoting the establishment of a National Whistleblower Day. The website, www.nationalwhistleblowerday.org, recites the history of the world’s first ever whistleblower law which was enacted by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. “Recognizing the significant contributions to democracy made by whistleblowers is… Continue Reading

Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax WhistleblowersIn a significant pro-whistleblower decision yesterday, the Tax Court in a decision 144 TC 15 (Whistleblower 21276-13W v. IRS) made it clear that the IRS couldn’t deny a whistleblower an award because they filed a request for an award after the IRS had collected the fines and penalties from the targeted business.  The whistleblowers’ extensive cooperation with IRS and law enforcement agents… Continue Reading

Statement Of The National Whistleblower Center On The Role Of Whistleblowers In Disclosing The FIFA Bribery Scandal

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Fifascandal2015Washington, D.C. May 28, 2015. Stephen M. Kohn, the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, issued the following statement today regarding the role of whistleblowers in the FIFA bribery scandal: “Yesterday the world was shocked by well documented revelations of widespread corruption and bribery within FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. According to press accounts, an “insider” within… Continue Reading

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