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Seminar Series on Whistleblowing Highlights Need for Robust System of Protection and Rewards

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Whistleblower SeminarOn February 9th the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in partnership with the National Whistleblower Center, hosted the first seminar in a two-part series on wildlife whistleblowing. “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” focused on the vital role that whistleblowers play in the fight against global wildlife trafficking. Panelists included Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of The National Whistleblower… Continue Reading

End-of-Year Round Up: The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year
Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 11.46.23 AMThe Whistleblower Protection Blog’s most popular posts of 2016 covered a wide range of topics including Supreme Court case coverage, the National Whistleblower Center’s new program for wildlife whistleblowers, and crucial agency-related and legislative victories that improved whistleblower rights.… Continue Reading

Over 60% of False Claims Act Recoveries Brought in by Whistleblowers in 2016!

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
False Claims Act SettlementsDecember 15, 2016. On Wednesday, December 14th, The U.S. Justice Department announced that it recovered over $4.7 billion from False Claims Act (FCA) cases in 2016. Of those recoveries, $2.9 billion were recovered through cases initiated by whistleblowers. The Justice Department paid more than $519 million in whistleblower awards over the course of the year. This represents the continuation of… Continue Reading

SEC: Incentives for Whistleblowers Best Way to Uncover Securities Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International
Dodd-FrankWashington, DC, November 16, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program had its most successful year to date in 2016. The agency, which issued its annual report to Congress today, reports it issued awards totaling over $57 million in 2016—higher than all award amounts issued in previous years combined. The Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) received over 4,200… 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

SEC Whistleblower Awards Top $100 Million

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SECTop10image-670x335The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced August 30, 2016 that it has awarded over $100 million to whistleblowers since its inception in 2011.  The SEC’s whistleblower program was established by Congress to incentivize whistleblowers with specific, timely and credible information about federal securities law violations to report to the SEC.… Continue Reading

CFTC Asks for Public Comments on Whistleblower Rule Changes

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
200px-US-CFTC-Seal_svg.pngThe U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The CFTC announcement states: “The amendments would enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and make related changes to clarify staff authority to administer the whistleblower program. The proposal will also strengthen… Continue Reading

Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Should Accept SEC Whistleblower Award

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Should Accept SEC Whistleblower AwardThere are more effective ways to protest lax enforcement of financial fraud Last week, it was widely reported that Eric Ben-Artzi, a Deutsche Bank whistleblower stated he will refuse a portion of his whistleblower award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program.   Mr. Ben-Artzi had worked at the bank as a vice president and he tells an all… Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List June 2016

Posted in Claim SEC Award
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led… Continue Reading

Sean McKessy, Chief of SEC’s Whistleblower Office, Leaving Agency Later This Month

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, D.C., July 8, 2016. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, would leave the agency in July. Mr. McKessy was the first head of the SEC’s whistleblower program and helped to establish the important and effective whistleblower office.… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center and World Bank Meet to Discuss Plans to Protect Wildlife Whistleblowers

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
imageLast week, the National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Expert Report Highly Critical of UK Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed Reforms

Posted in International, News
Expert Report Highly Critical of U.K. Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed ReformsA recent report published by Blueprint for Free Speech and the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found that UK law “does not–and cannot–adequately protect whistleblowers.” The report, entitled “Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK: A New Blueprint,” closely examines the UK’s existing whistleblower protection legislation, specifically PIDA (the Public Interest Disclosure Act), concluding that the law is outdated, “broken”, and in need of… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Receive Rewards in False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago  by the Reagan AdministrationThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the listed False Claims Act lawsuits, January through May 2016. The Act permits cases to be brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. Over 42 billion dollars has been recovered from government contract fraud… Continue Reading

March-May 2016 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Whistleblower Program SuccessThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led… Continue Reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission Confirms Critical Role Whistleblowers Play in Holding Fraudsters Accountable

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingThe head of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, reported on Friday that the increased number of rewards paid out to whistleblowers “reflects the high-quality nature of the tips the SEC is receiving as public awareness of the whistleblower program grows.”  To date, the SEC has awarded 31 separate awards totaling $68 million to whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Sounding the Alarm: U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS Investigation

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS InvestigationThis past Saturday, February 20, 2016, Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France revealed the contents of an internal UBS memo that discussed “navigating below the radar screen” to grow its business by enticing French clients to hide their money in Swiss bank accounts. The memo indicates that “UBS was perfectly aware of the risk” of its illegal practices.… 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

National Whistleblower Center Project Wins People’s Choice Award

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Crime Tech ChallengeProtections for wildlife whistleblowers greatly enhanced Washington, D.C. February 10, 2016.  The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced that the National Whistleblower Center won its People’s Choice competition.  The National Whistleblower Center’s “Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System” received the most votes in the worldwide competition. The NWC’s project was one of 44 projects from around the world eligible for the People’s… Continue Reading

October – December 2015 SEC Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Claim SEC Award
stopfraudThe SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led… Continue Reading