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Rule 30 – Never Forget: Whistleblowing Works

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook. One mental hurdle that prevents employees who want to blow the whistle from doing so “is a nagging doubt that they are powerless. Why blow the whistle if nothing will get better?” To many, it seems that the downside, including potentially losing one’s careers, outweighs… Continue Reading

Rule 3: Follow the Money

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblower FAQ
The New Whistleblower's HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook. Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), underscores that “the single most important rule for whistleblowers is very simple: Follow the money.” Whistleblowing can be a long and difficult road, so before embarking on the journey potential whistleblowers should make sure they… Continue Reading

Registration Now Open: Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series with ELI

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Insitutte (ELI) are hosting a seminar series on wildlife whistleblowing this February 2017. The first seminar in the series, “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” will explore enabling whistleblowers around the world to improve the enforcement of over 44 wildlife laws. The second seminar will address technical… Continue Reading

Wildcat Foundation Awards Grant for Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Washington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today that it received a significant grant from The Wildcat Foundation.  This grant will provide primary funding for the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.  The NWC’s emerging Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program counters wildlife crime and promotes conservation by harnessing the power of whistleblower reward laws.… Continue Reading

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling that breaches to the confidentiality… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Launches its #GivingTuesday Campaign: #BecauseOfWBs

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday Washington, D.C.  November 1, 2016. The National Whistleblower Center will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving… Continue Reading

Congress Passes “END Wildlife Trafficking Act”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
On September 21, 2016, The House of Representatives voted by unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2494, the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act. The bipartisan legislation, designed to combat the growing wildlife trafficking crisis, passed the Senate unanimously last week, on September 15.  The legislation is now before the President for signature.… Continue Reading

Encouraging Whistleblower Legislation in West African States

Posted in International, Legislation
The Economic Community of West African States’, or ECOWAS, recently held a weeklong anti-corruption meeting in Monrovia, Liberia. Attendees included 13 West African countries, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Arms, and international partners. As Tunde Ajisomo, ECOWAS ambassador to Liberia noted, “Fighting corruption is everybody’s business, but we need to put in place appropriate legislation.” Ajisomo also underscored… Continue Reading

Russian Whistleblower—Olympics 2016

Posted in International, News
Yuliya Stepanova, Russian 800-meter runner, has bravely and spectacularly blown the whistle on widespread doping inside her country. Stepanova and her husband, who worked for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), spoke out in 2014 about a sophisticated state-run doping system within Russia. A 95 page report, published this morning by the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed Mrs. Stepanova’s claims.… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Scores Victory Over Justice Department Privacy Violations

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On January 15, 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland issued a key ruling in support of Justice Department whistleblower Richard G. Convertino in his longstanding Privacy Act lawsuit against the DOJ. The Court ordered the Detroit Free Press to produce all documents related to how the Justice Department smeared its former star prosecutor, Richard Convertino, after Convertino exposed serous flaws in the government's "war on terror."… Continue Reading

Federal Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Becomes Law

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
President Barack Obama signed into law today the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). Whistleblower attorneys working pro bono with the NWC played an instrumental role in passing this Act. NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee and David Colapinto testified before the House Government Oversight hearing in support of the bill. The bill contains important… Continue Reading

NWC Applauds First SEC Whistleblower Award

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Under a new program championed by the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) to reduce securities fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced its first whistleblower award of nearly $50,000. The SEC’s announcement is the mark of success for its new Whistleblower Program, which was established one year ago after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. During the Dodd-Frank rule-making process,… Continue Reading

NWC Demands Immediate Release of FDA Spying Documents

Posted in FDA Whistleblowers
Last week, the National Whistleblowers Center filed a motion for preliminary injunction under the Freedom of Information Act in U.S. District Court in DC. The motion has been filed in order to get the FDA to release all documents pertaining to their illegal surveillance of employees’ private email correspondence. NWC has a limited number of documents that show the FDA… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Ashamed to Be A “Snitch”

Posted in News
If children grow up in an atmosphere where they see that whistleblowers are thrown under the bus, they will be more likely to keep their mouths shut when they see wrong doing. Worse yet, if they grow up seeing this as acceptable treatment of whistleblowers, they may turn into the next generation of retaliatory employers.… Continue Reading

One Case Overturned. How Many More to Come?

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst took on the FBI because he knew that defendants had been wrongly convicted on the basis of seriously flawed testimony by the FBI crime lab. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the D.C. Superior Court overturned the conviction of a man who wrongly served 28 years in prison for killing a taxi driver. It is amazing… Continue Reading

Congress Questions Federal E-mail Surveillance Policies

Posted in FDA Whistleblowers
Yesterday, Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa released a letter asking the Obama Administration for assistance in assessing the e-mail monitoring policies of all federal agencies. This letter was sent in light of Congressional and Office of Special Counsel investigations into the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) illegal targeting of whistleblowers for highly-intrusive monitoring. The Congressional investigations raised the… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Expose FDA’s Illegal Surveillance of Employees

Posted in News
As reported in today's Washington Post, six current and former employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have filed a complaint against the FDA in U.S. District Court. The employees are seeking an injunction to stop the agency from illegally spying on employees' private communications to Congress and other oversight agencies.… Continue Reading

Grand Jury Report Sheds Light on McQueary’s Whistleblower Status

Posted in News
There has been much debate about whether Coach Mike McQueary is a whistleblower. While the NWC takes no position on the outcome of the investigation, there are two facts that are important to note. First, McQueary’s initial report as a graduate assistant to his supervisor, Joe Paterno, was a protected disclosure under Pennsylvania law. The Pennsylvania whistleblower law protects employees… Continue Reading

Jane Turner Issues Statement on Penn State Child Abuse Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog
Today, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner issued a statement on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Jane Turner, a 25-year veteran Agent, blew the whistle on the FBI’s failure to provide protection for child sex crime victims on the North Dakota Indian Reservations. Ms. Turner reported the allegations to the highest level of the FBI, including Director Mueller. Her allegations… Continue Reading

MSPB Approves Stay for FDA Whistleblower

Posted in Healthcare
The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently allowed a stay in the termination of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whistleblower, Paul T. Hardy. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) requested the stay on his behalf due to reasonable belief that Mr. Hardy’s recent termination from the FDA constituted a violation of the Whistleblowers Protection Act (WPA). According to the… Continue Reading

Calling All Corporate Whistleblowers – Continued

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower website posted 15 new covered actions that will now be considered for a whistleblower award. A whistleblower must submit a timely application for an award in a covered action within 90 calendar days. The SEC’s website is a vital resource for whistleblowers and their counsel to navigate the SEC whistleblower… Continue Reading