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Obama Administration Proposes Oversight Reform in Response to Panama Papers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaIn response to the Panama Papers — the more than ten million leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, that exposed illicit financial activity and tax evasion through the use of anonymous offshore shell companies — the White House announced on May 6th that it would end the use of anonymous corporations in the United States and require… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Launches New Responsive Website

Posted in News, Whistleblowing Works
National Whistleblower Center Launches New Website.Today the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced the launch of its newly designed website. Below is the NWC’s press release: The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly designed website! Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with clear information and create an easier way to learn about the NWC’s… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Blasts Efforts to Undermine the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, News
Senator GrassleyIn a statement before the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley strongly opposed efforts by high-powered corporate lobbyists to undermine the False Claims Act.  This Act has proven to be the most effective whistleblower law in the United States, providing protection and compensation to more whistleblowers then any other law, and triggering civil and criminal investigations.  These investigations have recovered… Continue Reading

Arkansas Lawmakers Support National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Events
Left to right: Michael McCray (Whistleblower Summit Organizer), Vivian Flowers (Arkansas State Representative), Stephen Kohn (National Whistleblower Center), Sean Williams (Virginia Whistleblower) and Marcel Reid (Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison)On April 22, Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers, Ken Ferguson and Charles Blake made a public proclamation recognizing the Founding Father’s July 30, 1778 passage of America’s first law to protect whistleblowers from retribution. The lawmakers said, “Whistleblowers risk their careers and reputations by reporting waste, fraud, and abuse to the proper authorities in order to promote accountability, integrity, honesty, fairness, and… Continue Reading

Government Contractors Ask Supreme Court for False Claims Act Loophole So They Can “Pick and Choose” What Regulations to Follow

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
SupremeCourt2On April 19th I visited the Supreme Court to listen to oral arguments in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.  However, I was shocked at what I heard. The hospital that was sued in this case actually asked the Justices to believe that: (1) it is not fraud… Continue Reading

Arkansas State Legislators to Introduce Whistleblower Day Law

Posted in Events, News
clinton-libraryIn a press conference scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Clinton Presidential Library, Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson will announce their support for a state law recognizing National Whistleblower Day.  Arkansas would be the first state to recognize America’s first whistleblower law (passed in 1778 during the Revolution).  For the past three years the U.S.… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Landmark Whistleblower False Claims Act Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingRuling in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar will have major impact in government contract fraud cases. Washington, D.C. April 19, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Oral Argument today in a landmark whistleblower case, Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the False Claims Act.  The Escobar case will determine how specific government contracts… Continue Reading

13.769 Billion Reasons to Thank Whistleblowers on Tax Day

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
tax-deadline-imageApril 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties. These prosecutions, both civil… Continue Reading

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

Sounding the Alarm: U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS Investigation

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS InvestigationThis past Saturday, February 20, 2016, Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France revealed the contents of an internal UBS memo that discussed “navigating below the radar screen” to grow its business by enticing French clients to hide their money in Swiss bank accounts. The memo indicates that “UBS was perfectly aware of the risk” of its illegal practices.… 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

SEC Awards Company Outsider $700,000

Posted in Claim SEC Award, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, D.C. January 15, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a landmark award to an industry expert who provided it with “high-quality analysis” in an enforcement action.  The whistleblower award of more than $700,000 marks the first time the SEC has issued an award to someone outside a company since the whistleblower office opened in 2011.… Continue Reading

Tell DOL: White Collar Criminals Don’t Deserve an Early Warning System

Posted in Department of Labor, News
US_Dept_of_LaborThe Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fallen for a trap laid by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber and its big corporate allies have led a long campaign dedicated to eroding protections for whistleblowers who report crimes. One of their favorite tactics is to try to get whistleblowers to report issues to the company’s attorneys… Continue Reading

OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That May Have Had Unintended Consequences for Federal Contractors

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, National Security, News
OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That Have Harmed Federal ContractorsIn January 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) submitted a proposed rule it claimed would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  The National Whistleblower Center filed a public comment on March 23, 2015, stating that the proposed rule could cause more harm than good for employees of federal… 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

Top 10 Whistleblower Protection Blog’s Posts of 2015

Posted in News
Top ten Whistleblower Protection Blog posts of 2015The Whistleblower Protection Blog’s most popular posts during the past year covered a wide range of whistleblower topics including court victories improving whistleblower rights, the introduction of new whistleblower legislation,  and the Congressional celebration honoring whistleblowers. We really appreciate the support from our loyal readers. You have given us another successful year. If you’d like to be the first to know… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Group Highlights 2015 Accomplishments

Posted in News
You can learn more about the invaluable work the National Whistleblower Center is doing for whistleblowers around the world by reading its 2015 End Year Report.Washington, D.C. December 22, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center, a Washington, D.C. based whistleblower advocacy group, released its 2015 Year in Review today. The National Whistleblower Center’s 2015 Year in Review highlights the organizations top 10 accomplishments of 2015. The list of highlights includes the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day, SEC sanctions against defense contractor KBR and the expansion… Continue Reading

Court Ruling Threatens Internal Compliance Programs

Posted in News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, D.C. December 22, 2015. On December 8, 2015, the Eastern District of Tennessee dismissed a whistleblower’s claims, finding that the Plaintiff was not entitled to protection under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC et al., 3:15-cv-00074 (E.D. Tenn. Dec. 8, 2015).  The court’s decision further divides the split amongst circuits regarding… Continue Reading

National Law Journal Recognizes Stephen Kohn as “White Collar Crime Trailblazer”

Posted in News
Stephen Kohn, White Collar Crime TrailblazerWashington, D.C. December 14, 2015. The National Law Journal named Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the Washington, D.C. based whistleblower advocacy group the National Whistleblower Center to its inaugural list of 50 “White Collar Crime Trailblazers.” The attorneys selected have accomplishments which “place them at the highest rung of advancing litigation strategy.” As noted by the publisher, those named… Continue Reading