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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 InvestigationIn 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… 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

Senator Grassley: “Whistleblowers are Heroes and Patriots”

Posted in Events
Senator Grassley at National Whistleblower Day 2017On July 27th, 2017, Senator Grassley gave a stirring speech on the heroism of whistleblowers as a Keynote Speaker at the NWC’s National Whistleblower Day celebration on Capitol Hill. The Senator thanked whistleblowers for their service to the American people, emphasizing, “… Whistleblowers are patriots and heroes … We owe a great debt to you—the whistleblowers. We have a responsibility… 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

House Panel Investigates Alleged Interference with Whistleblower’s Testimony

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
The Washington Examiner reports that Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will investigate whether  a letter to the House Financial Services subcommittee constituted interference with congressional oversight or an attempt to intimidate future witnesses appearing before the panel. The letter that sparked the investigation came from John Dowd, a criminal defense lawyer representing Liza Strong, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s employment services chief and requested that a… Continue Reading

Senators Demand Answers on Surveillance of Whistleblower Communications with Congress

Posted in News
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden issued the following press statement today in regard to the National Intelligence Agency’s plans to implement continuous monitoring of security clearance holders and it’s impact on whistleblowers who communicate with members of Congress: Grassley, Wyden Press for Answers on Continuous Monitoring of Whistleblower and Legislative Branch Communications             WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and… 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

Stephen Kohn to appear on C-Span tomorrow at 8:30 am

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
NWC Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn, will appear on C-Span’s Washington Journal tomorrow at 8:30 am EST. He will be discussing the stalled Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act showcased in a recent Politico article and other whistleblower issues.  Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via phone, email and Twitter.… Continue Reading


Posted in National Security
July 28, 2009 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: On May 8, 2007, your presidential campaign promised America’s whistleblowers in writing that you stood behind their need for legal protection and fully supported federal court access and jury trials for all federal employees. The House of Representatives enacted these protections… Continue Reading

Today’s Senate Whistleblower Hearing Confirmed the Need for Strong Protections

Posted in Legislation
Once again, the hearing record clearly and overwhelming proves that whistleblower reform is long overdue. There were no credible arguments presented that court access and jury trial should not be provided to all federal employees, including national security employees.     Pictured here are Angela Canterbury of Public Citizen, Prof. Robert Vaughn, William Bransford of the Senior Executive Association, Sen. Daniel… Continue Reading

Senate Whistleblower Hearing Thursday! Contact Congress Today!

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
During the last year, you sent over 11,000 messages to Congress demanding stronger whistleblower protection.  Thank you for your support!  Congress heard you, and this Thursday, June 11th, the Senate is holding a hearing on amendments to the Whistleblower Protection Act.  The Senate legislation currently lacks two critical provisions – universal coverage for all federal employees, including national security employees,… Continue Reading

Bunny Greenhouse Retaliated Against After Testifying To Congress

Posted in National Security
Last week Bunny Greenhouse testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in support of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act – H.R. 1507.   Although Bunny was removed from her Senior Executive Service position following her initial Congressional testimony about Halliburton no-bid contracts, she courageously returned to Capitol Hill because she believes that "all employees should be protected from… Continue Reading

Campaign For Federal Whistleblower Protection Continues

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Today, the National Whistleblowers Center joined a letter with members of the Make it Safe Coalition asking President Obama to reaffirm his campaign commitment to stronger whistleblower protections.  The letter acknowledges the Presidents efforts to improve transparency and accountability in the federal government with the creation of the Open Government Directive and the recent memorandum to agency heads directing them… Continue Reading

The Fight for Whistleblower Protections is Making Headlines — Thanks to All Supporters!!!

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
As you know, we have been waging an intense campaign for new whistleblower protection laws. We have experienced recent victories and setbacks. And now, prominent whistleblowers like Bunny Greenhouse are calling us all to action. Throughout this campaign, our staff has been incredibly impressed with the level of support shown by our blog readers, facebook users, and all other online… Continue Reading

Senate Stimulus Vote Approaching Fast! Contact Congress Now!

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The Senate is preparing to vote on the stimulus package, and we must seize this historic opportunity to obtain whistleblower protection for all federal employees. We’re in the final stages of the fight and taxpayers who demand oversight and accountability are making their voices heard, but we need your help. Now Halliburton whistleblower, Bunny Greenhouse is calling on all Americans… Continue Reading

Washington Independent Highlights Urgent Need For Whistleblower Protection

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, National Security
The Washington Independent published an article addressing the lack of protection offered to whistleblowers in the stimulus bill.  The article quoted Stephen Kohn, who states: "The biggest defect in the current language in the House and Senate versions, is about blowing the whistle internally." The bill protects only employees that report wrongdoings to Congress or an Inspector General, but does not provide protection to those… Continue Reading

Speaker Pelosi Releases Statement In Support of Whistleblower Amendment

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi issued a press release expressing her support for the whistleblower amendment to the stimulus bill.  Speaker Pelosi stated that "It is inconceivable that the people’s business had been conducted for so long without ‘whistleblower’ protections to encourage every public employee to do the right thing." The Speaker’s press release is encouraging as we gear up for a fight… Continue Reading

TODAY — Whistleblower Legislation Committee Vote

Posted in Legislation
  At 3:00 PM TODAY there will be a Rules Committee meeting to vote on amendments to the stimulus legislation. One of the amendments under consideration would include whistleblower protection in the bill This is the optimal time for Congress to pass meaningful whistleblower protection! We are urging everyone to Take Action and tell your Congressman to support amending the… Continue Reading

Three Ways You Can Help Advance Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Events, Government Whistleblowers
The dawning of a new administration is upon us, and with it comes an opportunity for whistleblower rights supporters to make their voices heard, and to achieve real changes to our ineffective whistleblower laws. Over the past couple of years, Congress has inched towards reforming whistleblower laws for government and corporate employees, but the constant threat of veto from the… Continue Reading

It’s a Start…Senate Appoints Inspector General for the Bailout Billions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Last week, I blogged about the recent critical GAO report which found that Congress and the Administration have not done enough to implement oversight of the $700 corporate bailout bill that was passed in October. Well, after weeks of foot-dragging, the Senate has finally voted to appoint former New York Prosecutor Neil Barofsky to the position of Inspector General of the Troubled… Continue Reading

CBO Says Proposed False Claims Act Amendment Legislation Will Increase Government Revenue

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
Last week the Congressional Budget Office released this report on the revenue-creating potential of current proposed legislation in the to amend the False Claims Act. Similar bills are now pending in the Senate (S. 2041) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 4854). This marks a turnaround in opinion for the CBO on this issue. In April, the CBO released a… Continue Reading

ABC News Story Highlights Need for Whistleblower Protection on Wall Street

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
In September, as Congress was racing to put together the Wall Street bailout legislation, the National Whistleblower Center was calling for whistleblower protections to be added to the bill. Despite their efforts, Congress did not listen. They authorized the Administration to distribute $700 Billion of taxpayer money, but refused to protect employee whistleblowers who would ensure that it would be… Continue Reading