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Report Reveals Federal Agencies’ Non-disclosure Policies Violate the WEPA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
A report released today by Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reveals that most of the fifteen executive branch departments’ nondisclosure agreement policies violate the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.  The law requires such agreements to contain an explicit statement notifying employees the agreements do not trump an employee’s rights and obligations under the law relating to … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Uses Privacy Act To Limit Congressional Oversight

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The Washington Times reports today that  the Obama Administration is accused of using a broad interpretation of federal privacy statutes to block Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from pursuing investigations such as “‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scandal to the questioning of judicial nominees,” the article states. The article details how the Department of Justice invoked the Privacy Act to  bar the Senator  from … Continue Reading

Big Win for Corporate Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SOX whistleblower protection covers mutual fund industry Washington, D.C. March 4, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, that contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies are fully protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for corporate whistleblowers. Significantly, in today’s decision the Supreme Court explicitly held that investment advisors and other “independent contractors” employed in the mutual … Continue Reading

SEC Backs Whistleblowers in Key Court Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. Feburary 20, 2014. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an extensive brief and position statement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the court to fully protect whistleblowers who make internal disclosures exposing fraud against investors and other violations of securities laws.  Linked here are a copy of the SEC’s brief and a copy of … Continue Reading

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduces whistleblower bill to curb tax evasion

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
District of Columbia Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the "False Claims Act of 2013," which will amend the D.C. False Claims Act to permit whistleblowers to bring tax-related fraud claims. If enacted into law, the bill would permit whistleblowers to seek a qui tam or relator's share when the amount of uncollected tax is worth $350,000 or more, and brought against taxpayers who have an income above $1 million… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld’s Attorney to Speak Tonight at DC Library

Posted in Events
You may have read about him in the Washington Post Style section today, heard him on NPR, or listened to him on Democracy Now! Tonight you can see Stephen M. Kohn in person at the West End Library in Washington, DC. The event begins at 7pm, and it is completely free and open to the public. Call your friends and … Continue Reading

This Week on Honesty WIthout Fear

Posted in Honesty Without Fear Radio
Tune in today at 1:00pm ET to Honesty Without Fear on Progressive Radio Network. Hosts Steve Kohn and Jane Turner discuss the story of our country’s first whistleblower law and why it is important that we honor the contribution of whistleblowers every year on July 30. Jane asks Steve about how he originally got into whistleblower law, how the National … Continue Reading

RTTV Covers FBI Censorship of Sibel Edmonds

Posted in National Security, News
NWC Executive Director Stephen Kohn appeared live on RTTV last night to discuss the treatment of national security whistleblowers under the Obama administration. Specifically, RTTV asked him about the FBI’s attempts to censor Sibel Edmonds as she attempts to publish a book about her experience blowing the whistle at the Washington Field Office. How does Obama’s record on whistleblowers compare … Continue Reading

This Week on Honesty Without Fear

Posted in Honesty Without Fear Radio
Tune in tomorrow at 1:00pm EDT to Honesty Without Fear on Progressive Radio Network. In the first half hour, Steve Kohn and Lindsey Williams discuss the status of environmental whistleblower protections and how listeners can help by taking action. In the second half hour, Richard Renner interviews Dr. David Lewis, a highly respected research microbiologist, about scientific integrity and his … Continue Reading