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Maryland Enacts False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Maryland False Claims ActOn April 8, 2015, the State of Maryland joined the majority of states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, in passing a False Claims Act, which permits whistleblowers to file claims alleging fraud in government contracting and procurement (including Medicare and Medicaid) and to obtain financial rewards if their allegations are verified. On February 19, 2014, National Whistleblower Center… Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Tell your Senator to pass the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation ActWashington, D.C. June 18, 2015.  Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations.   The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 will create for the first time whistleblower protections for employees who report antitrust violations.   Senator Patrick… Continue Reading

New Website Promotes Establishment of A National Whistleblower Day

Posted in News, Publications and Resources, Whistleblowing Works
Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Today the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group, launched a website promoting the establishment of a National Whistleblower Day. The website, www.nationalwhistleblowerday.org, recites the history of the world’s first ever whistleblower law which was enacted by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. “Recognizing the significant contributions to democracy made by whistleblowers is… Continue Reading

Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax WhistleblowersIn a significant pro-whistleblower decision yesterday, the Tax Court in a decision 144 TC 15 (Whistleblower 21276-13W v. IRS) made it clear that the IRS couldn’t deny a whistleblower an award because they filed a request for an award after the IRS had collected the fines and penalties from the targeted business.  The whistleblowers’ extensive cooperation with IRS and law enforcement agents… Continue Reading

FCA Whistleblowers Celebrate Partial Victory at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
SupremeCourt2The Supreme Court handed down a ruling today in Kellogg Brown & Root v. United States ex rel. Carter, holding that whistleblowers don’t get extra time to file civil false-claims lawsuits when the United States is at war. However, the Court was unanimous in finding that it was improper for the trial court to dismiss Carter’s one live claim under the first-to-file rule.… Continue Reading

Discrimination in Intelligence Agencies Threatens National Security

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Discrimination threat to National SecuritySputnik News published an interview today with National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn. In the interview Mr. Kohn discusses the fact that US intelligence agencies are failing to use the skills of Arab-American employees in the War on Terror. Kohn states in the article “There has been willful and intentional discrimination against loyal and patriotic Arab-Americans who have… Continue Reading

SEC Chair Praises Agency’s Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Chair Mary Jo WhiteChicago, IL.  April 30, 2015.  Today SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a major public presentation endorsing the SEC whistleblower program and explaining how whistleblowers now play a central role in protecting U.S. financial markets. Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, made the following statement in regard to Ms. White’s remarks: “Chair White’s endorsement of the… Continue Reading

Senators Laud Labor Department’s ‘Burden of Proof’ Interpretation for Whistleblowers

Posted in Department of Labor, News
US_Dept_of_LaborA bipartisan group of senators commended the Department of Labor, Administrative Review Board’s (ARB) interpretation of federal whistleblower protections provisions, clarifying the statutory burdens of proof in whistleblower cases. In two recent decisions, Fordham v. Fannie Mae, ARB No. 12-061 (Oct. 9, 2014) and Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad, ARB No. 13-034 (Mar. 20, 2105), the ARB found that employees should… Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn Discusses Treatment of Special Education Whistleblower in New York

Posted in News
On Friday March, 20, whistleblower advocate Stephen M. Kohn featured ‘Weekend Today in New York’ I-Team Report.  The I-Team report covered the story of a special ed teacher who was retaliated against by her school district after blowing the whistle on the fact that students who were not getting the help they are promised under law. Kohn described the retaliation… Continue Reading

NWC’s Stephen Kohn Honored on Most Influential in Business Ethics List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Ethics100National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn was named to Ethisphere Magazines 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in its 2014 third quarter issue. Each year, Ethisphere recognizes 100 individuals that have made a material impact in the world of business ethics and compliance through the annual 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics list.  Kohn came in at #… Continue Reading

NWC Participates in Transparency Roundtable

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, International
WLPKohn1On March 20, 2015, NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn participated in a Roundtable of Transparency panel discussion presented as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Each year this program brings about 4,500 visitors to the US from 140 countries to learn how to use advocacy as the process of building consensus on national, regional, or local priorities… Continue Reading

SEC Sanctions KBR for Illegal Non-Disclosure Agreement

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
KBRSEC Investigation into overly restrictive non-disclosure agreements was triggered by complaint filed by former KBR Contractor Harry Barko Washington, D.C. , 2015.  April 1, 2015.  Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned defense contractor KBR for requiring its employees to sign restrictive non-disclosure agreements that prohibited employees from properly reporting fraud and misconduct to appropriate regulatory authorities.  A copy… Continue Reading

Big Win For Whistleblowers At Labor Department

Posted in Department of Labor, News
DepartmentOfLabor_LogoWashington, D.C. March 23, 2015. The U.S. Department of Labor’s top whistleblower appeals board issued a 3-2 ruling setting forth the burdens of proof in corporate whistleblower cases.  The decision, issued on Friday, March 20th by the DOL Administrative Review Board (Board) in the case of Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034, establishes an employee-friendly standard,… Continue Reading

NWC’s Kohn Speaks at Labor and Employment Conference

Posted in Events
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower CenterStephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center gave a presentation at the 6th biennial Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 12, in New Orleans. During this conference, leading experts in labor and employment law made presentations on recent developments in all areas of labor and employment law. The Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section presented this two-day conference. Mr.… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner’s Case Featured In Washington Post

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower Jane TurnerOn March 4, 2015  the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees. A focus of the hearing was a February 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The GAO Report found that the Department of Justice’s FBI… Continue Reading

Senate to Hold Hearing on FBI’s Treatment of Whistleblowers

Posted in Events, FBI Whistleblowers, News
senator-grassley-whistleblower-caucusWashington, D.C. February 27, 2015. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled  “Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight,” on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10am in the Committee’s main hearing room, 226 Dirksen. Witnesses include Department of Justice Inspector General,  a current FBI whistleblower and Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Senators Launches Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted in Events, News
Utilizing Whistleblowers in the Fight Against Waste, Fraud and AbuseWashington, D.C. February 25, 2015. Today, Senator Charles Grassley announced the official formation of a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus during a press conference held in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room.  The founding members of the caucus are Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (chairman), Ron Wyden (D-OR) (vice-chairman), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) Thom Tillis (R-NC), Barbara… Continue Reading

Press Alert: Press Conference Wednesday to Launch Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted in Events, News
senator-grassley-whistleblower-caucusWashington, D.C.  February 24, 2015.  On Wednesday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden will host a press conference to launch the Whistleblower Protection Caucus in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the caucus and Sen. Wyden is the vice-chairman. A number of whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates… Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower program has historic year

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower released its 2014 Annual Report to Congress. According to the report, 2014 was a historic year for the SEC Whistleblower program in terms of both the number and dollar amount of whistleblower awards. The SEC issued whistleblower awards to more individuals in 2014 than in all… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Steps Forward Once Again to Defend Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
On July 30, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee held a hearing on proposals by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to substantially weaken the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA is the most effective whistleblower law and allows those with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the… Continue Reading

Senate Approves “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for Second Year

Posted in News
On July 30, 2014, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the second year in row.   The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law enacted on July 30, 1778. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, first discovered the importance of this date… Continue Reading

Celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

Posted in Events
Today is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.  On this day in 1778 the Continental Congress passed what very well could be the world’s first whistleblower law.  Our revolutionary forefathers, when they learned that two whistleblowers that had exposed misconduct by the highest-ranking U.S. naval official, were being prosecuted in the State of Rhode Island, agreed to act.  They voted to spend… Continue Reading

Understanding the Risks of Whistleblowing

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
In an article on the legal news website, Lawyers and Settlements, Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, explains that statistics reveal that most employees “who witness fraud or and violations of the law and don’t report it.”  In the article entitled Before You Blow the Whistle—Read This, Kohn explains the importance of consulting an attorney well versed in whistleblower law… Continue Reading

Full Court Review Requested in KBR Contracting Fraud Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Whistleblower Seeks Release of Documents that Demonstrated Contracting Fraud during the War in Iraq Washington, D.C. July 28, 2014. Today, Mr. Harry Barko, a whistleblower who alleged that defense contractor KBR had engaged in widespread fraud during the War in Iraq, requested the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a major… Continue Reading