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FBI Whistleblower Featured in Timberjay News

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Jane Turner - Whistleblower Leadership CouncilFBI Whistleblower Jane Turner was featured in a September 9th article in the Timberjay Newspapers. Ms. Turner, the co-chair of the National Whistleblower Center’s “Whistleblower Leadership Council,” discusses her journey as a whistleblower in the article. The courage and sacrifices of whistleblowers like Jane Turner need to be recognized and celebrated. Ms. Turner recently gave a moving speech honoring whistleblowers… Continue Reading

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPAWashington, D.C. September 8, 2015. In a precedent setting decision, Savage v. Department of the Army, 2015 M.S.B.P. 51 (Sept. 3, 2015), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled that the creation of a hostile work environment standing alone violates the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The WPA provides protection to federal workers who blow the whistle on fraud within the federal… Continue Reading

Press Statement – Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar Award

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar AwardAttorneys Stephen Kohn and Dean Zerbe are pleased to announce today that a joint client – who wishes to remain anonymous – received a whistleblower award under the new IRS whistleblower award program of $11.6 million dollars. “We greatly appreciate the IRS recognizing the work of this whistleblower and for making this significant, major award. We commend the IRS for… Continue Reading

NWC weighs in on protecting the rights of attorney-whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
NWC weighs in on protecting the right of attorney-whistleblowersToday, corporations are on the move to conceal waste, fraud, bribery and corruption simply by having managers wear a lawyer hat on top of their management cap.  The battle to protect in-house lawyers from retaliation for blowing the whistle internally or as permitted by federal whistleblower protection laws is of great concern.  Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center submitted a public… Continue Reading

Watch the National Whistleblower Day Celebration Online

Posted in News
Senator Chuck Grassley speaks to a packed room on National Whistleblower Day.Did you miss the National Whistleblower Day Celebration on July 30? Or perhaps you would like to relive the historic day? The first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day is now available to watch online. The National Whistleblower Center has now uploaded videos of the event at www.nationalwhistleblowerday.org. Viewers can choose to watch the entire full-length video or individual videos of… Continue Reading

May 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 2

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
healthcare-fraud2The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: Government Settles False Claims Act Allegations against Florida Neurologist for $150,000 Dr. Sean Orr of Jacksonville, Florida, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by providing medically unnecessary services and drugs to federal health care program beneficiaries, the Department… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Thanks Whistleblowers

Posted in Events, News
On July 30, National Whistleblower Day, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a video on his YouTube channel in recognition of National Whistleblower Day in which he thanked whistleblowers for risking “their careers to bring about a better quality of government.”… Continue Reading

Senators Honor Whistleblowers at First Congressional Celebration of National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Events, News
Sen. Ron Johnson addresses gathering of whistleblowers and advocates at the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day. Photo credit: Tom WolfeOn July 30, the U.S. Senate’s Kennedy Caucus Room was packed with whistleblowers, their families and whistleblower advocates as six senators and one representative each gave moving remarks in recognition of National Whistleblower day. This event, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, marked the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day. The commemoration of July 30th as National Whistleblower Day… Continue Reading

May 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 1

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago  by the Reagan AdministrationThe following are recent settlements by the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act: Sixteen Hospitals to Pay $15.69 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Involving Medically Unnecessary Psychotherapy Services The Justice Department announced that 16 separate hospitals and their respective corporate parents have agreed to collectively pay $15.69 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that the… Continue Reading

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