The Hindustan Times has recently published a story on a 60-ton illegal timber seizure in Maharashtra, India that was initiated by a whistleblower. Since May 2017, over 500 tons of illegally-cut timber have been seized by authorities in the west-central Indian state. The value of the timber seized over the past 11 months is an estimated 20 million Indian rupees, or approximately $308,000 USD.

The tip-off led to not only the seizure of 30 tons each of teak and khair wood, but also the closure of an illegal saw mill that was functioning as a timber depot. The seizure demonstrates the powerful role whistleblowers play in combatting the illicit timber trade.

Continue Reading Whistleblower Tip Leads To 60-Ton Illegal Timber Seizure Outside Mumbai

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.

Continue Reading The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo Legislation

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.

Continue Reading DOJ Recommends Dismissing “Meritless” Whistleblower Cases

In the latest review of ‘The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Doing What’s Right And Protecting Yourself’, Dennis Moore, Associate Editor of East County Magazine and a whistleblower himself, sums up the book as “a crash course for potential whistleblowers… that outlines the most up-to-date laws – revealing how to qualify for rewards, how to protect yourself from retaliation, and, of course, how to win your case”.

Continue Reading Whistleblower Gives Latest Review of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook

Part 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 had written a constitution. Even without explicit first amendment protections in the newly independent United States, whistleblowers were backed and protected by members of Congress, viewed as patriots serving their country.

Continue Reading The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Part 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 an unclear benefit.  National Whistleblower Center Executive Director addresses this issue in the latest edition of his book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook (Lyon’s Press, 2017).

Continue Reading Rule 30 – Never Forget: Whistleblowing Works

National Whistleblower Day celebrates the contributions of all whistleblowers.

Recently, the National Whistleblower Center published a post on its Facebook page about the Senate’s Proclamation of July 30th, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This post has received tremendous response with over 2,300 likes, 521 shares and over 300 comments. Much of the response was supportive, but others question the sincerity of celebrating July 30th as National Whistleblower Day given how badly national security whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have been treated.

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Today the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced the launch of its newly designed website.

Below is the NWC’s press release:

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly designed website!

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with clear information and create an easier way to learn about the NWC’s campaigns and resources for whistleblowers. The website is interactive and gives better access to information about our Action Alert Network, Press Room, Meet the Whistleblowers, Attorney Referrals, International Whistleblowers and Get Help Now sections. Continue Reading National Whistleblower Center Launches New Responsive Website


Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Today the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group, launched a website promoting the establishment of a National Whistleblower Day.

The website, www.nationalwhistleblowerday.org, recites the history of the world’s first ever whistleblower law which was enacted by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778.

“Recognizing the significant contributions to democracy made by whistleblowers is the key to changing the corporate culture that defines whistleblowers as snitches, ‘rats at the picnic’ or worse,” said Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center.  “Our Founding Fathers unanimously stood behind America’s first whistleblowers, in both word and deed.  We expect the same from our current government,” Kohn added. Continue Reading New Website Promotes Establishment of A National Whistleblower Day

ReportCoverIn a review posted today on the National Whistleblower Center website, the whistleblower protection advocacy group thanked it’s supporters and gave a report of the work it accomplished in 2014.

The review thanks the members of the NWC’s Action Alert Network citing the actions taken by the members as resulting in several successful Action Alerts.

The review listed major reports, Congressional testimony, rulemaking comments, and several amicus briefs among its successes.

Also included is the work of the Forensic Justice Project, head by former FBI crime lab whistleblower, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst.

Read the full NWC 2014 Year In Review.

The National Whistleblower Center needs your support to continue its work on behalf of strengthening the rights of whistleblowers.  When you make a donation of $25 or more to support the National Whistleblower Center you will receive a copy of The Whistleblower’s Handbook. If you already have a copy, give a copy to a friend, colleague or your local library. One of the most powerful gifts you can give is knowledge.