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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

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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

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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

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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

Bipartisan Bill to Reform FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
fbibuildingBill will significantly enhance agency’s ability to detect and combat terrorists threats Washington, D.C. December 11, 2015.  Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill to reform and enhance protections for FBI whistleblowers. The bill will significantly strengthen FBI… Continue Reading

Statement of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on International Anti-Corruption Day

Posted in International, News
International Anti-Corruption Day. #BreaktheChainThe following statement was released by the United Nations: Message from UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2015 Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically. Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely — and rightly — understood as criminal and corrosive. The new… Continue Reading

UN Sets December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day

Posted in International, News
International Anti-Corruption DayNWC Urges President to Endorse Whistleblowing as Part of the Day’s Celebration Washington, D.C. December 7, 2015.  The United Nations has formally set-aside December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day.  As part of Anti-Corruption Day, the National Whistleblower Center is strongly urging President Obama to publicly praise the contributions of whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers are the key source of information on fraud and… Continue Reading

Strong Whistleblower Protection is Key to Fighting Corruption

Posted in International, News
Stephen M. Kohn discusses the importance of strong whistleblower protection laws in the fight against corruption.The National Whistleblower Center held a training seminar today for a group of female Afghan Members of Parliament. The training was part of the NWC’s outreach to improve protection for whistleblowers globally and was sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U. S. State Department. The training took place in Washington, D.C. The goal of this session was… Continue Reading

IRS Awards Whistleblowers over $315 Million

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar AwardWashington, D.C. November 30, 2015. A Government Accountability Office Report issued today confirmed that the IRS Whistleblower Office has made 500 awards to whistleblowers amounting to over $315 million in claims paid since 2011. A copy of the GAO Report is linked here. According to the report, the IRS currently has 30,152 open claims, which, if investigated, could result in… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

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From today until Giving Tuesday, every dollar you donate up to $10,000 will be doubled. No amount you contribute is too small.Washington, D.C.  November 24, 2015.  The National Whistleblower Center has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Occurring this year on December 1,… Continue Reading

Wildlife Crime Whistleblower Protection Campaign Unveiled

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersNew Tool to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Washington, D.C. October 27, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today the launch of a new campaign to protect wildlife crime whistleblowers. This campaign was developed in response to inquiries from anti-trafficking NGOs and government officials who sought a way to incentivize whistleblowers to report wildlife crimes. The NWC identified seven major wildlife laws,… Continue Reading

Senator Wyden Pledges to Support Whistleblowers

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Senator Ron Wyden Pledges to support whistleblowersOn July 30, 2015, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon was a keynote speaker at the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day. The event, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, marked the commemoration of July 30th as National Whistleblower Day and recognized the passage of the first ever whistleblower law that date in 1778, as well as the crucial role whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Senator Johnson Calls for Strong Protections for Whistleblowers

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Senator Ron Johnson National Whistleblower DayOn July 30, 2015, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin was a guest speaker at the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day. The event, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, marked the commemoration of July 30th as National Whistleblower Day and recognized the passage of the first ever whistleblower law that date in 1778, as well as the crucial role whistleblowers… Continue Reading

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