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New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

Posted in End of Year, News
soldout-handbookInternationally recognized whistleblower attorney and NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs to… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in State Farm Ex Rel. Rigsby

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 10.57.06 AMPress Release October 31, 2016 On Tuesday November 1, 2016, The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby. Having suffered a 758-thousand-dollar jury verdict for defrauding the Government following Hurricane Katrina, State Farm is now attempting judicial gymnastics to avoid paying the judgment.… Continue Reading

House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and Misleading

Posted in National Security, News
House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and MisleadingIn a brief 3-page report dated September 15, 2016, the House Intelligence Committee concluded that Edward Snowden “was not a whistleblower” because there were “laws and regulations in effect at the time” that “afforded him protection” and he failed to exercise those whistleblower rights.  The Committee report specifically cited the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 (IC WPA) that… Continue Reading

Blowing the Whistle to Promote Sustainable Oceans

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 9.55.37 AMToday marks the start of the third Our Ocean conference hosted by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.  The conference, which is being held in Washington, DC from September 15-16, 2016, will focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine pollution, among other pressing concerns. As Secretary Kerry acknowledged, “The richness and diversity of our marine resources are being… Continue Reading

CFTC Asks for Public Comments on Whistleblower Rule Changes

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
200px-US-CFTC-Seal_svg.pngThe U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The CFTC announcement states: “The amendments would enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and make related changes to clarify staff authority to administer the whistleblower program. The proposal will also strengthen… Continue Reading

Four-Year Campaign Results In Historic-Win For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to CongressThe  following is an editorial from the National Whistleblower Center: On August 3, 2016 the U.S. Tax Court ruled that tax whistleblowers were entitled to a reward based on monies collected in criminal fines and penalties. This landmark decision reversed the position of the Department of Treasury that severely limited the “collected proceeds” upon which a whistleblower reward could be based.… Continue Reading

Celebrate Whistleblower Day

Posted in News, Whistleblowing Works
20150730_6119National Whistleblower Day celebrates the contributions of all whistleblowers. Recently, the National Whistleblower Center published a post on its Facebook page about the Senate’s Proclamation of July 30th, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This post has received tremendous response with over 2,300 likes, 521 shares and over 300 comments. Much of the response was supportive, but others question the sincerity of… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Group Demands IOC Allow Russian Whistleblower to Compete in Olympics

Posted in International, News
YStepanovaOn Sunday July 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova that she is not allowed to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite being given clearance by the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete as a neutral athlete. The IOC ruled that Mrs. Stepanova is allowed to compete because of her previous use of… Continue Reading

Upcoming Global Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series

Posted in Events, News
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersWashington, DC – July 21, 2016 — The  (ELI) and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) have announced an upcoming seminar series on Global Wildlife Whistleblowers, scheduled for early 2017.  The first seminar in the series will explore enabling whistleblowers around the world to improve the enforcement of over 44 wildlife laws. The second seminar will address technical skills for lawyers… Continue Reading

Russian Whistleblower—Olympics 2016

Posted in International, News
YuliyaStepanovaYuliya Stepanova, Russian 800-meter runner, has bravely and spectacularly blown the whistle on widespread doping inside her country. Stepanova and her husband, who worked for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), spoke out in 2014 about a sophisticated state-run doping system within Russia. A 95 page report, published this morning by the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed Mrs. Stepanova’s claims.… Continue Reading

Sean McKessy, Chief of SEC’s Whistleblower Office, Leaving Agency Later This Month

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, D.C., July 8, 2016. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, would leave the agency in July. Mr. McKessy was the first head of the SEC’s whistleblower program and helped to establish the important and effective whistleblower office.… Continue Reading

Senate Proclaims July 30th, 2016 A Day to Celebrate Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
WPC Grassely-WydenNational Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution Passes by Unanimous Consent Washington, D.C. July 8, 2016. Yesterday, U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.522, designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution encourages all federal agencies to inform “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United… Continue Reading

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Designates National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: July 30, 2016

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
NWDResolutionWashington, D.C. June 30, 2016. The bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus cosponsored a resolution on Thursday designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This resolution was introduced in order to recognize the crucial role whistleblowers play in exposing fraud and wrongdoing, and to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge the legal rights of whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Big Win for Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingSupreme Court Unanimously Supports Whistleblower under False Claims Act Washington, D.C. June 16, 2016. In a unanimous ruling issued today, the United States Supreme Court upheld a whistleblower’s claim in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar.  The Court, in an opinion by Justice Thomas, affirmed the “implied certification theory” of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA).  This theory permits contractors to… Continue Reading

Expert Report Highly Critical of UK Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed Reforms

Posted in International, News
Expert Report Highly Critical of U.K. Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed ReformsA recent report published by Blueprint for Free Speech and the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found that UK law “does not–and cannot–adequately protect whistleblowers.” The report, entitled “Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK: A New Blueprint,” closely examines the UK’s existing whistleblower protection legislation, specifically PIDA (the Public Interest Disclosure Act), concluding that the law is outdated, “broken”, and in need of… Continue Reading

NWC Urges Immediate Appeal of the Eleventh Circuit’s Imposition of a Statute of Limitations on FCPA Disgorgement Enforcement Actions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingOn May 26, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a body blow to the SEC’s ability to go after corporations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by imposing a five-year statute of limitations on disgorgement enforcement actions. The decision in SEC. v. Graham et al.  placed a five-year statute of limitations on all SEC disgorgement and declaratory relief enforcement… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Receive Rewards in False Claims Act Settlements

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 Department of Justice announced settlements in the listed False Claims Act lawsuits, January through May 2016. The Act permits cases to be brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. Over 42 billion dollars has been recovered from government contract fraud… Continue Reading

Decisions of DOL Administrative Review Board January – April 2016

Posted in Department of Labor, News
DepartmentOfLabor_LogoThe Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to April 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter: April 2016 Gupta v. Compunnel Software Group,… Continue Reading

OSHA Launches Whistleblower Severe Violator Pilot in Kansas City Region

Posted in Department of Labor, News
violatorOn May 31, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it had launched a pilot for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. OSHA’s “Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program” will be similar to its enforcement Severe Violator Enforcement Program which includes employers that routinely ignore federal workplace… Continue Reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission Confirms Critical Role Whistleblowers Play in Holding Fraudsters Accountable

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingThe head of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, reported on Friday that the increased number of rewards paid out to whistleblowers “reflects the high-quality nature of the tips the SEC is receiving as public awareness of the whistleblower program grows.”  To date, the SEC has awarded 31 separate awards totaling $68 million to whistleblowers.… Continue Reading