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National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Explains Why Supreme Court Decision in Digital Realty is Disastrous for Internal Compliance Programs  

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Explains Why Supreme Court Decision in Digital Realty is Disastrous for Internal Compliance Programs  In Digital Realty Trust v. Somers the Supreme Court issued a destructive decision that will have far-reaching consequences for whistleblowers. Seemingly unaware of the practical consequences of its decision, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled to leave whistleblowers who report internally without critical protections under the Dodd-Frank Act. Writing for Law 360, NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn explains that employees now… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill Uses Whistleblower Incentives to Battle Foreign Corruption

Posted in International Whistleblowers, Legislation
On Tuesday, a bipartisan bill was introduced by Congressmen Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA), that would help U.S. authorities combat terrorist financing and foreign government corruption. The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act (H.R. 5101), would establish a rewards program for whistleblowers who notify the U.S. government of assets in U.S. financial institutions that are linked to foreign corruption, allowing… Continue Reading

Big Win for Whistleblowers in Bipartisan Budget Act

Posted in Legislation, News, Politics, Tax Whistleblowers
Big Win for Whistleblowers in Bipartisan Budget ActCrippling Loopholes in the Tax and Wall Street Whistleblower Reward Laws are Closed WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 9, 2018—The 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… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo Legislation

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News, Whistleblowing Works
The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo LegislationThe 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.… Continue Reading

Federal Whistleblowers Have Faced Government Shutdown on Justice For Over a Year

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
Government Shutdown and the Merit Systems Protection BoardAll around the nation, hundreds of thousands of federal employees did not report to work today because of the federal government shutdown. Military families will not receive death benefits, active duty soldiers will not be paid, and the aggregate effects of a shutdown are expected to cost the American economy about $1 billion per day.… Continue Reading

For #MeToo Moment to Last, Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
For #MeToo Moment to Last, Strengthen Whistleblower Laws(This article was published on January 8, 2018 in the Baltimore Sun.) The Golden Globe Awards this Sunday put the #MeToo movement in the spotlight. Many actresses wore black to express to solidarity, and a number of them brought important activists as their dates. Millions were raised for a legal defense fund to help women fight sexual harassment and abuse.… Continue Reading

Key Whistleblower Protections Cut from Tax Reform Law, Criminal Fraudsters Protected

Posted in Legislation
Washington, D.C. December 16, 2017. The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill has eliminated two key provisions to protect whistleblowers who report major criminal tax frauds. The National Whistleblower Center today issued an Action Alert asking the American public to oppose the tax bill based on the elimination of these two critical anti-fraud protections.… Continue Reading

Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
U.S. Supreme CourtThe fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA).… Continue Reading

Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Vaquitas caught in gillnetsToday, on Endangered Species Day, we bid farewell to yet another beautiful species decimated by human activity: the vaquita.  With less than a handful of these small porpoises left in the world, experts have concluded there is no option but to pursue a risky, last-ditch attempt at preserving vaquitas by removing them from the wild and placing them in captivity.… Continue Reading

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking: Legal Tools and Tactics

Posted in Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
ELI Seminar Part Two PanelThe National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted the second part of its seminar series on wildlife crime whistleblowers on March 28th, 2017.  “Representing Wildlife Whistleblowers: Technical Skills for Lawyers” focused on wildlife crime prosecutions and the powerful U.S. laws that attorneys can use when helping whistleblowers report wildlife crime.  These laws include not only wildlife… Continue Reading

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Appropriations Reforms that Could Severely Impact Current Whistleblower Programs

Posted in Legislation
Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules will hold a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact on existing whistleblower laws. The hearing, “Restoring the Power of the Purse: Legislative Options,” will review H.R. 5499—The… 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

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

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
National 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

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Designates National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: July 30, 2016

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
Washington, D.C. June 30, 2016. The bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus cosponsored a resolution on Thursday designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This resolution was introduced in order to recognize the crucial role whistleblowers play in exposing fraud and wrongdoing, and to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge the legal rights of whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Blasts Efforts to Undermine the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, News
In a statement before the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley strongly opposed efforts by high-powered corporate lobbyists to undermine the False Claims Act.  This Act has proven to be the most effective whistleblower law in the United States, providing protection and compensation to more whistleblowers then any other law, and triggering civil and criminal investigations.  These investigations have recovered… Continue Reading

Sen. Grassley Urges Senate to Pass IG Empowerment Act

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) delivered a floor statement before the Senate in support of the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015 (S. 579). Grassley is a co-sponsor of this bi-partisan bill that aims to expand the independence of Inspector General (IG) offices and reiterates that in order to conduct oversight the IG should have access to all agency records.… Continue Reading

Crucial Reforms Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers on Wall Street

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Crucial Reforms Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers on Wall StreetToday, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act (WARN Act). The WARN Act provides vital reforms enabling whistleblowers to attain rewards and be protected for reporting violations of banking laws under the Financial Institutions Anti-Fraud Enforcement Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.… Continue Reading

Grassroots Coalition Pushes to Establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Legislation, News
Washington, D.C.  July 27, 2015. Today, over fifty grassroots advocacy groups and individual whistleblowers joined together to support the creation of a National Whistleblower Day. In a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders, they stated the importance of the establishment of July 30th as a day to recognize the critical role whistleblowers play in maintaining the integrity of our… Continue Reading