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Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
U.S. Supreme CourtThe fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA).… Continue Reading

Retaliation for Refusing to Go Along with the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Posted in Events
One of the biggest highlights of this year’s National Whistleblower Day celebration, was hearing Dr. Tommie “Toni” Savage tell her personal story of courage and suffering as a whistleblower who exposed corruption within the Army Corps of Engineers. It was a nightmare ordeal for Savage and her family who still continue to face the aftermath today. But her case led… Continue Reading

DeVos Pick Puts Veterans and Whistleblowers at Risk at For-Profit Colleges

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Creative Commons/User Christopher PennSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed Julian Schmoke, to head the agency’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit, the unit tasked with investigating fraud at for-profit colleges. Mr. Schmoke previously served as a dean at DeVry University, a for-profit school that was sanctioned $100 million by the U.S. government for fraudulent practices. Take action: add your name to the NWC letter… Continue Reading

Wildlife Trafficking: Fighting a Culture of Intimidation

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wayne Lotter, ConservationistEvery day, park rangers and conservationists like Wayne Lotter, of PAMS Foundation Tanzania, risk their lives to fight against global wildlife trafficking. Too often, their stories end in tragedy. Over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the last 10 years. And last week, Lotter was shot and killed in Tanzania. These killings send a chilling… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley: “Whistleblowers are Heroes and Patriots”

Posted in Events
Senator Chuck GrassleySenator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been a stalwart champion for whistleblowers since he joined the Senate in the early 1980s. Grassley initiated and supported many of the incredible advances we have seen in whistleblower law over the past three decades and, along with cosponsors from both parties, introduced important resolutions celebrating National Whistleblower Day for the past four years. On… Continue Reading

Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

Posted in News
Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day CelebrationWashington, D.C. July 28, 2017. Members of Congress and agency leaders honored whistleblowers at yesterday’s National Whistleblower Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group.  Strong bipartisan support for whistleblowers was apparent from both Members of Congress and the agency leader in attendance.  … Continue Reading

The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Posted in Events, Uncategorized, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.    Whistleblowing is the foundation of democracy. “The roots of whistleblowing can be found deep in the American dream,” declares Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. One might think this a bold assertion, but the first recorded instance of whistleblowing happened even before our nation… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Groups to Celebrate in a United National Summit for Whistleblowers!

Posted in Events, News
This week, a wide range of whistleblower advocacy groups will be participating in the annual Whistleblower Summit for Human and Civil Rights, in honor of National Whistleblower Day on July 30th. The annual Summit provides an opportunity for whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates, and whistleblower supporting organizations to discuss the state of whistleblower protection in the United States and plan the future… Continue Reading

Updated Version of the Premier Consumer’s Guide to Whistleblower Protection Released

Posted in Handbook, News
The New Whistleblower's HandbookToday the National Whistleblower Center (NWC)  announced the release of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press 2017). This updated resource, authored by leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Corporate whistleblower protection “undermined” if internal complaints not protected. Washington, D.C. June 26, 2017.  The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, Paul.  The Court will decide the issue of whether internal reports to managers are covered under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation law.… Continue Reading

NWC Publishes Former FBI Director Comey’s Speech on Whistleblowers

Posted in News
Public urged to Take Action! The National Whistleblower Center issued the following action alert today which featured a 2016 speech by then FBI Director James Comey.  The full action alert is reprinted below: In light of the news of former FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal, the NWC is calling for our government to reaffirm its commitment to protecting whistleblowers from… Continue Reading

NWC Speaking at EDTx 2017

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Earth Day Texas, or EDTx 2017, will take place Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  EDTx is notably “the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future.” This year’s agenda is packed with presentations from over 225 experts and thought leaders and… Continue Reading

An Uncertain Future for South Africa’s Rhinos

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Rhino mother and babyOn April 5, 2017, South Africa’s Constitutional Court legalized domestic trade in rhino horn against the South African government’s desire to keep the ban in place.  South Africa is home to 70% of the world’s dwindling population of rhinos, and the decision has sparked questions about the potential impact on poaching and rhinos’ survival in the country.… Continue Reading

Seminar Series on Whistleblowing Highlights Need for Robust System of Protection and Rewards

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Whistleblower SeminarOn February 9th the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in partnership with the National Whistleblower Center, hosted the first seminar in a two-part series on wildlife whistleblowing. “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” focused on the vital role that whistleblowers play in the fight against global wildlife trafficking. Panelists included Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of The National Whistleblower… Continue Reading

Registration Now Open: Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series with ELI

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Insitutte (ELI) are hosting a seminar series on wildlife whistleblowing this February 2017. The first seminar in the series, “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” will explore enabling whistleblowers around the world to improve the enforcement of over 44 wildlife laws. The second seminar will address technical… Continue Reading

Trump’s Nominee for Attorney General Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program

Posted in News
Senator Sessions: “It's not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.”Senator Sessions: “It’s not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.” Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Justice manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of  of President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General began on Tuesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Committee… Continue Reading

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

Posted in End of Year, News
Internationally 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
Press 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
Today 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