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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

September/October SEC Whistleblower Award List

Posted in 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

DOJ Releases Report on FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in News
Yesterday, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden expressed optimism that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblowers may receive better protection under new guidelines outlined in a proposal to President Barack Obama.  The Department of Justice forwarded a copy of the Attorney General’s report titled “Department of Justice Report on Regulations Protecting FBI Whistleblowers.”  As I wrote in a previous post,… Continue Reading

NWC Fights Back Chamber of Commerce/KBR Attack on Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Washington, D.C. October 22, 2014. Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center filed a “friend of court” brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The extensive brief delivers a full rebuttal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) attack on the integrity of whistleblowers. The Chamber and its… Continue Reading

ARB Decision Promotes Clarity And Uniformity In Whistleblower Cases

Posted in Department of Labor, News
In a long-overdue decision issued on October 9, 2014, the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) finally clarified the standard of proof for employees to establish the “contributing factor” test in whistleblower retaliation cases arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act  (SOX) and other whistleblower statutes.  In a 2-to-1 panel decision in Fordham v. Fannie Mae, ARB No. 12-061, the ARB… Continue Reading

FBI Continues Culture of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Posted in News
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley announced that 11 whistleblowers have come forward revealing that FBI managers are now using Loss of Effectiveness orders to retaliate against FBI employees who report wrongdoing in the agency. “Every time we bring this to the administration’s attention, more whistleblowers come forward,” Grassley said.  “These whistleblowers never have the opportunity to make their case.  It’s stereotypical… Continue Reading

Attorney General Supports Increased Whistleblower Protections Under Federal Banking Laws FIRREA

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
New York City, New York. September 17, 2014.  In a speech delivered today at New York University School of Law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder publicly endorsed enlarging U.S. whistleblower reward laws to include expanded rewards under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, better known as “FIRREA.” The Attorney General acknowledged the tremendous success of other whistleblower reward laws, explaining… Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List August 2014

Posted in 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

WMATA Pays $5.6 Million to Settle False Claims Act and Whistleblower Retaliation Suits

Posted in News
Washington, D.C. August 20, 2014.  The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has paid $5.6 million to the United States, the District of Columbia, and Shahiq Khwaja to resolve whistleblower claims brought by Mr. Khwaja under the federal and District of Columbia False Claims Acts, and under the anti-retaliation provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, among other laws. Attorneys for… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover $98.15 Million for U. S. Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that Community Health Systems, Inc., the nation’s largest operator of acute care hospitals, has agreed to pay $98.15 to settle multiple lawsuits against it filed under the False Claims Act. Nine whistleblowers stepped forward to report “a deliberate corporate-driven scheme” to bilk the U.S. taxpayers of millions of dollars. This settlement illustrates the government’s emphasis… Continue Reading

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence. Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Steps Forward Once Again to Defend Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
On July 30, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee held a hearing on proposals by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to substantially weaken the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA is the most effective whistleblower law and allows those with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the… Continue Reading

Who is Michael P. Malone? Corrupt F.B.I. Agent’s Testimony Sent Innocent Man to Prison; Donald Eugene Gates was Convicted of Rape-Murder He Did Not Commit

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary:  The testimony of Special Agent Michael P. Malone was instrumental in convicting Donald Eugene Gates of a rape-murder he did not commit. Gates was exonerated but scores of others convicted with Malone’s testimony… Continue Reading

Senate Approves “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for Second Year

Posted in News
On July 30, 2014, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the second year in row.   The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law enacted on July 30, 1778. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, first discovered the importance of this date… Continue Reading