Whistleblower Protection Blog

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Advocating Whistleblower Rights for over Twenty Years

Tag Archives: National Whistleblower Center

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Warns OSC Proposed Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
federalk2In January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, as my previous blog on this proposed rule stated, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

NWC Reports 2014 Successes in Year End Review

Posted in Whistleblowing Works
In a review posted today on the National Whistleblower Center website, the whistleblower protection advocacy group thanked it’s supporters and gave a report of the work it accomplished in 2014. The review thanks the members of the NWC’s Action Alert Network citing the actions taken by the members as resulting in several successful Action Alerts. The review listed major reports,… Continue Reading

Action Alert Issued Urging Attorney General to Investigate KBR

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert today: Urge Attorney General Holder to Investigate KBR and Support Whistleblowers! KBR, Largest Defense Contractor in Iraq About to Score Big Victory Against Whistleblowers Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) is sitting on documents that contain proof of millions of dollars in government contract fraud. A trial court reviewed these documents and… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Joins National #GivingTuesday To Encourage Spending With A Purpose

Posted in News
Washington, D.C.  November 24, 2014. The National Whistleblower Center is participating in the third annual #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday aims to inspire people to take action to give back in… Continue Reading

In Memory of William Worthy (1921-2014)

Posted in News
William Worthy had a long and distinguished journalism career, which is chronicled in his obituary by the Boston Globe. The National Whistleblower Center was honored to have him on its Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors from its inception until he retired in 2005.  During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Mr. Worthy provided invaluable guidance… Continue Reading

GAO Report Highlights Lack of Accountability, Transparency in Big-Business Bailouts

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Yesterday the Government Accountability Office, which is responsible for overseeing wasteful spending in the federal government, issued a 66 page report (see the summary here, with link to the full report) concluding that the Treasury Department and Congress have not done enough to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in the $700 Billion bailout bill passed in October:   "Treasury has… Continue Reading

ABC News Story Highlights Need for Whistleblower Protection on Wall Street

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In September, as Congress was racing to put together the Wall Street bailout legislation, the National Whistleblower Center was calling for whistleblower protections to be added to the bill. Despite their efforts, Congress did not listen. They authorized the Administration to distribute $700 Billion of taxpayer money, but refused to protect employee whistleblowers who would ensure that it would be… Continue Reading

November 21: NWC Seminar on Newest Whistleblower Law. CLE Credit Available!

Posted in Events
On November 21 the National Whistleblowers Center will be holding an attorney training seminar at the historic Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. This full-day seminar will focus on America’s newest whistleblower laws which were passed as part of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008. For a full agenda and registration information, visit the NWC website HERE For more information… Continue Reading

After NWC Visit, Hungary Developing Whistleblower Laws

Posted in International, News
The National Whistleblower Center is reporting success with their international training initiative. NWC President Stephen Kohn recently met with government leaders in Hungary, and as a direct result, their Justice Minister has announced a new initiative to develop effective whistleblower protections for their workers.… Continue Reading

Bloch Fired…finally.

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
  It has become apparent that Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel, was fired by the Bush Administration. This decision comes more than five months after Bloch became the target of an federal obstruction of  justice probe. Bloch’s tenure has been a tumultuous one, and federal government whistleblowers have paid a heavy price. The National Whistleblower Center’s President, Stephen M. Kohn, issued the following… Continue Reading

Environmentalist Blog Endorses Whistleblower to Head the EPA

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
The African-American Environmentalist blog has reported on discussions suggesting that Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo might be a pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Coleman-Adebayo joined the EPA as an African affairs specialist in 1990. She has 18 years experience at the agency and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1996, she blew the whistle… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Key Case Affecting Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Today the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The court’s decision will decide whether employees who participate in an internal company investigation are protected by law. The National Whistleblowers Center has more information on this case, including the briefs filed by both parties. Click here to read the press release… Continue Reading

Big Push for Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In an unprecedented show of solidarity and hunger for reform, public interest groups from across the political spectrum are urging Congress to pass whistleblower reforms this term. With the Congressional session winding down, and Congress readying a bill to provide massive corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money, getting the whistleblower legislation passed has never been more urgent. The… Continue Reading

NWC Action Alert Calling for Congress to Add Whistleblower Protection to the “Bailout” Bill

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
The National Whistleblower issued this action alert yesterday demanding that Congress amend the banking "bailout" bill to include the whistleblower provisions included in H.R. 985. The alert, written by NWC advocacy director Lindsey Williams, rightly points out that in order to ensure that this taxpayer funded multi-billion dollar lifesaver isn’t subjected to fraud, waste or abuse, the bill should include strong whistleblower… Continue Reading

Federal Judge: Reporter Must Testify in Convertino DOJ Whistleblower Case

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
A U.S. District Judge in Michigan has ruled that Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter must testify in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino against his old boss, the DOJ. Ashenfelter has been refusing to testify in depositions regarding confidential DOJ sources who provided him with disparaging information regarding Convertino, which Ashenfelter then published in the Detroit Free Press… Continue Reading

20 Groups File Amicus Brief for Physician Whistleblower

Posted in Healthcare
  Many of our readers (and certainly those who attended Whistleblower Week in Washington 2008) may have heard about the case of Dr. Gil Mileikowsky. Dr. Mileikowsky is a California Obstetrician who, in 2000, began blowing the whistle on some very disturbing issues at a hospital that was operated by Tenet Healthcare. Among other things, Dr. Mileikowsky, who has been practicing in the US… Continue Reading