Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (“PHS”) officers are on the front lines of protecting the American people from Coronavirus.  They work in critical health and safety agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control.  Unfortunately, most Americans (and Members of Congress) are not aware that PHS officers are not normal federal employees.  Instead, the PHS Commissioned Corps officers technically work for an obscure branch of the federal government known as the “unarmed services.”  The whistleblower law that applies to the military provides the PHS officers’ whistleblower protections.  
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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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April 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties.

These prosecutions, both civil and criminal, have also resulted in major Swiss banks going bankrupt, others pleading guilty to crimes and paying billions in penalties. All told, as of today over $13.769 billion has been collected from the Swiss banking cheats, and billions more will be recovered as the prosecutions continue.

Here is the story.
Continue Reading 13.769 Billion Reasons to Thank Whistleblowers on Tax Day

April 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties.

These prosecutions, both civil and criminal, have also resulted in major Swiss banks going bankrupt, others pleading guilty to crimes and paying billions in penalties. All told, as of today over $13.769 billion has been collected from the Swiss banking cheats, and billions more will be recovered as the prosecutions continue.

Here is the story.
Continue Reading 13.769 Billion Reasons to Thank Whistleblowers on Tax Day

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Whistleblowers and their supporters are strongly urged to read this blog series and share it with friends. In addition, an Action Alert has been issued by the National Whistleblower Center so members of the public inform their representatives that the False Claims Act should not be “reformed” as proposed by the Chamber.

Fact Number 25:

In its historic and massive whistleblower rulemaking proceeding, the SEC came to the conclusion that a robust rewards system was essential to protect honest businesses and promote fair market competition.  After rejecting many of the proposals now being rehashed by the Chamber of Commerce to a different body, the SEC concluded:  
Continue Reading The FCA Promotes Free and Fair Market Competition

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.”

The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected. Whistleblowers and their supporters are strongly urged to read this blog series and share it with friends.

Fact Number 24:
Continue Reading The FCA Does Not Permit Recovery for Violations of “Any Fine-Print Regulatory Requirement”

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected. Whistleblowers and their supporters are strongly urged to read this blog series and share it with friends.

Fact Number 23:

The Chamber of Commerce alleges that under the FCA, “courts have increasingly been willing to award the United States all amounts paid on a claim, without considering the actual out-of-pocket loss to the government and ignoring the benefits of goods and services that were received by the government.”


Continue Reading The Chamber’s Proposal to Limit Recoveries to “ Net Actual Damages ” is Not Needed

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.”

The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Fact Number 22:

The Chamber argues that the penalty provisions of the FCA, which permit civil penalty awards from $5,500 to $11,000 per claim, should be removed.  Further, it claims that “courts have almost uniformly concluded that a penalty should be awarded for each false claim submitted, which can result in an award of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars for large number of law-dollar claims.”  
Continue Reading The FCA’s Penalties Are Not Excessive

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Fact Number 21:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), after engaging in the most comprehensive government review of whistleblower reward programs ever undertaken, rejected many of the same proposals now being rehashed by the Chamber.  In 2010-11 the SEC solicited thoughtful and well documented comments related to structuring a rewards program for securities-fraud whistleblowers. 
Continue Reading The Chamber Mischaracterized the SEC Rules for Whistleblowers

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Fact Number 20:

The Chamber urges Congress to make it far harder to prove fraud in government contracting.  The Chamber proposes to jettison the traditional requirement that the government should prove fraud by a “preponderance of evidence,” and instead wants to force the government to prove fraud by “clear and convincing” evidence. 
Continue Reading The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago by the Reagan Administration