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The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Posted in Events, Uncategorized, Whistleblowing Works
the Whistleblower’s HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.    Whistleblowing is the foundation of democracy. “The roots of whistleblowing can be found deep in the American dream,” declares Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. One might think this a bold assertion, but the first recorded instance of whistleblowing happened even before our nation… Continue Reading

Intelligence Whistleblowers Should Use “Expanded Protections” With Caution

Posted in National Security, News, Uncategorized
New intelligence community whistleblower protections lacking On July 7, 2014, President Obama signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” This bill includes a section providing “Protection Of Intelligence Community Whistleblowers.” These protections specify that employees who divulge information about possible misconduct within their agencies to their Inspectors General or other designated intelligence offices will be protected. Stephen M.… Continue Reading

Three Judge Panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Shields Evidence of KBR Contracting Fraud In Iraq War Under Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News, Uncategorized
Washington, D.C.  June 27, 2014. Today the D.C. Circuit court issued a decision in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., finding certain reports produced during internal corporate investigations were covered under the attorney-client privilege even though the documents show employees believed there was contracting fraud taking place during the Iraq War.  The Court granted a… Continue Reading

FBI Crime Lab Whistleblower Featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger”

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
FBI Crime Lab Whistleblower Featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger” Washington, D.C.  May 29, 2014. This Sunday, June 1, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst will be featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger.” Dr. Whitehurst appears in the third episode of this multi-part documentary series that explores the state of our justice system. This episode is entitled “Flawed Forensics.” Episode 3:… Continue Reading

KBR’s Confidentiality Agreements Draw Congressional Scrutiny

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. John F. Tierney, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to the CEO of KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors, requesting documents relating to the company’s treatment of potential whistleblowers seeking to report wrongdoing at the company. The… Continue Reading

Senate Investigations Committee To Question DOJ And Swiss Officials On Illegal Offshore Banking

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
NWC calls for full and complete investigation into wrongdoing and full protection for whistleblowers Washington, D.C.  February 25, 2014.  The Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations will hold a hearing on “Offshore Tax Evasion” on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 9:30AM, in Room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. More information can be found on the Subcommittee’s website. The hearing will continue the Subcommittee’s examination… Continue Reading

Seattle Ordinance Expands Whistleblower Protection

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The Seattle City Council, in collaboration with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC), significantly expanded the City’s Whistleblower Protection Code. The changes went into effect on January 16, 2014. The revised code grants employees protection from retaliation for reporting allegations of wrongdoing to their supervisors or chain of command.  The new ordinance also requires the SEEC to train every… Continue Reading