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National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked Report

Over the weekend the Daily Beast reported on a leaked draft investigative report that exposed the systemic failures in the flawed intelligence community whistleblower program. According to this report, late last year the Trump Administration put a lid on the finalization of an investigation of the whistleblower program failures by the Inspector General for all intelligence agencies.  Continue Reading

Sessions’ Memo To DOJ Threatens Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Federal Employee Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Politics
Sessions' Memo To DOJ Threatens Whistleblower Rights

In a memo dated January 29, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed Department of Justice (DOJ) heads to not communicate with “senators, representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff” without first consulting with the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA).

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a long-time advocate for whistleblower rights, has expressed his concern regarding the legality of the Attorney Sessions’ memo. In his response letter, Grassley writes that the memo “does not appear to comply with existing law.” In particular, it infringes on the rights of DOJ employees to “make protected disclosures directly to Congress.”

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Big Win for Whistleblowers in Bipartisan Budget Act

Posted in Legislation, News, Politics, Tax Whistleblowers
Big Win for Whistleblowers in Bipartisan Budget Act

Crippling Loopholes in the Tax and Wall Street Whistleblower Reward Laws are Closed

WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 9, 2018The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, approved today by the U.S. Congress, included two key whistleblower-rights amendments initially introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). These amendments ensure that employees who blow the whistle on criminal tax fraudsters are covered under the IRS whistleblower law, and end the double-taxation of whistleblower awards under the Dodd-Frank Act.

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National Whistleblower Center Names Scott Hajost Managing Director of Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Names Scott Hajost Managing Director of Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is proud to announce that Scott Hajost has been named the new managing director of the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program. Mr. Hajost will work to forge new partnerships, both in the U.S. and globally, to refer and protect whistleblowers in the areas of wildlife crime, including illegal logging and fishing.

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To Honor Esmond Martin, U.S. Agencies Must Implement Wildlife Whistleblower Programs

Posted in Campaigns, Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
To Honor Esmond Martin, Implement a Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Esmond Martin, after decades of working undercover investigating the illegal wildlife trade, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home earlier this week.

Martin was an extraordinarily intelligent man. An American geographer from New York, Martin published books and extensive reports on Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Laos. But it may have been Martin’s bravery that got him killed.

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Renowned Oversight Expert Criticizes Interference with Russia Investigation

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News, Politics
Renowned Oversight Expert Criticizes Interference with Russia Investigation

In an op-ed for The Hill, former National Whistleblower Center (NWC) executive director and widely regarded oversight expert Kris Kolesnik takes members of Congress to task for blurring the lines between campaigning and governing.

Kolesnik, also a former high-level staffer for Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), states, “people who come to Congress need to understand that, once you get here, you’re obliged to govern. The campaigning is over.” Given Kolesnik’s record, when he speaks on important oversight issues, all should listen.

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The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo Legislation

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News, Whistleblowing Works
The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo Legislation

The National Whistleblower Center, as a member of the Workplace Sexual Harassment Coalition, has signed a letter to the House of Representatives with a set of recommendations for the bipartisan bill, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, the bill aims to improve the workplace environment for Congressional staff.

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Donna Boehme, “The Lion of Compliance,” Named 2018 Trust Across America Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Posted in News
Donna Boehme, the "Lion of Compliance," Named 2018 Trust Across America Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Donna C. Boehme of Compliance Strategists LLC has been named a 2018 Trust Across America Lifetime Achievement Award honoree for her outstanding achievements in the field of corporate ethics and compliance. Ms. Boehme is the first member from the compliance profession to receive this prestigious award.

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DOJ Recommends Dismissing “Meritless” Whistleblower Cases

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, False Claims Act, Whistleblowing Works
Department of Justice Recommends Dismissing "Meritless" Whistleblower Cases

A January 10th memo released by the Department of Justice states that attorneys should consider dismissing “meritless” and “parasitic” whistleblower cases filed under the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows citizens to sue on the government’s behalf, should they report evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse of taxpayer dollars. Whistleblowers (called “relators” in this context), who file qui tam lawsuits under the FCA, are eligible to receive monetary rewards from the funds recovered.

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Former DOJ Lawyer Goes Rogue, Turns Criminal

Posted in False Claims Act, Government Whistleblowers
Former DOJ Lawyer Goes Rogue, Offers Whistleblower Tips to Corporate Interests

As a young attorney, Jeffrey Wertkin joined the Department of Justice where he investigated and litigated False Claims Act cases filed by whistleblowers. After six years fighting fraud for the government, working side by side with whistleblowers, Wertkin made the jump to the prestigious corporate law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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