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New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

Posted in End of Year, News
soldout-handbookInternationally 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

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
webinar-imageOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons… Continue Reading

Celebrate Whistleblower Day

Posted in News, Whistleblowing Works
20150730_6119National Whistleblower Day celebrates the contributions of all whistleblowers. Recently, the National Whistleblower Center published a post on its Facebook page about the Senate’s Proclamation of July 30th, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This post has received tremendous response with over 2,300 likes, 521 shares and over 300 comments. Much of the response was supportive, but others question the sincerity of… Continue Reading

Senate Proclaims July 30th, 2016 A Day to Celebrate Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
WPC Grassely-WydenNational Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution Passes by Unanimous Consent Washington, D.C. July 8, 2016. Yesterday, U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.522, designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution encourages all federal agencies to inform “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United… Continue Reading

Big Win for Whistleblowers in U.S. Court Of Appeals for The Fourth Circuit

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Big Win for Whistleblowers in Fourth Circuit  Washington, D. C. May 24, 2016. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a corporate whistleblower in a May 20, 2016 decision. The case, filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by Mrs. Dinah R. Gunther, alleged that the Virginia-based software provider, Deltek, Inc. fired her after she raised accounting concerns to the company’s General… Continue Reading

Arkansas Lawmakers Support National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Events
Left to right: Michael McCray (Whistleblower Summit Organizer), Vivian Flowers (Arkansas State Representative), Stephen Kohn (National Whistleblower Center), Sean Williams (Virginia Whistleblower) and Marcel Reid (Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison)On April 22, Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers, Ken Ferguson and Charles Blake made a public proclamation recognizing the Founding Father’s July 30, 1778 passage of America’s first law to protect whistleblowers from retribution. The lawmakers said, “Whistleblowers risk their careers and reputations by reporting waste, fraud, and abuse to the proper authorities in order to promote accountability, integrity, honesty, fairness, and… Continue Reading

Arkansas State Legislators to Introduce Whistleblower Day Law

Posted in Events, News
clinton-libraryIn a press conference scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Clinton Presidential Library, Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson will announce their support for a state law recognizing National Whistleblower Day.  Arkansas would be the first state to recognize America’s first whistleblower law (passed in 1778 during the Revolution).  For the past three years the U.S.… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Landmark Whistleblower False Claims Act Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingRuling in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar will have major impact in government contract fraud cases. Washington, D.C. April 19, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Oral Argument today in a landmark whistleblower case, Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the False Claims Act.  The Escobar case will determine how specific government contracts… Continue Reading

13.769 Billion Reasons to Thank Whistleblowers on Tax Day

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
tax-deadline-imageApril 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties. These prosecutions, both civil… Continue Reading

Tax Court Decision: Congress Needs to Act to Ensure No Holiday for Big Time Tax Cheats

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Big Win for Whistleblowers in Fourth CircuitWashington, D.C. March 15, 2016. The Tax Court in Whistleblower 22716-13W v. CIR(146 TC 6) decided March 14, 2016 held that the term “additional amounts” as used in 7623(b)(5)(B) does not include FBAR civil penalties.  FBAR civil penalties are a penalty commonly imposed by the IRS on individuals with illegal offshore accounts.… Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Program Continues Improvements

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to CongressThis was a banner year for the Internal Revenue Services’ Whistleblower Program. In its annual report to Congress, released February 10, 2016, the IRS said it paid 99 awards totaling more than $103 million. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, stated, “the program is staring to work.” According to Kohn, the IRS Program, at its 10-year… 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

Court Ruling Threatens Internal Compliance Programs

Posted in News
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

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

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

Whistleblower reinstated after two-year suspension credits assistance from National Whistleblower Center

Posted in International
Danko BogdanovićOn June 4, 2015, Danko Bogdanović was reinstated as of Chief of Customs office of Brcko, BiH, after a two-year suspension for reporting corruption in the Indirect Taxation Authority. Bogdanović, reported corruption to the Agency for prevention and coordination of fight against corruption (IPAK). The Center for Responsible Democracy LUNA assisted Bogdanović in filing an application under the Law on the… Continue Reading

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