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Agency Leaders Praise Whistleblowers, Express Need for Reforms

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
Proposed Grassley Amendment Important for WhistleblowersOn Monday, August 1st, four federal agencies celebrated National Whistleblower Day with an event sponsored by the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus. This was the first time any federal agencies have ever recognized Whistleblower Day, although the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution four years in a row proclaiming July 30th as National Whistleblower Day.… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Landmark Whistleblower False Claims Act Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Ruling in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar will have major impact in government contract fraud cases. Washington, D.C. April 19, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Oral Argument today in a landmark whistleblower case, Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the False Claims Act.  The Escobar case will determine how specific government contracts… Continue Reading

FBI Crime Lab’s Flawed Hair Analyses Featured on Fault Lines

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst appears on Fault Lines to discuss flawed FBI Hair Analyses.Did you know that you can take two strands of hair from your own head and they may not match? Yet the FBI used forensic hair analyses for decades in the prosecution of criminal cases.  Last night Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program featured this issue.  FBI Whistleblower, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, appeared in “Under the Microscope: The FBI Hair Cases” and discussed the… Continue Reading

Deadline for FOIA Appeals at SEC Extended to 90 days

Posted in News
SEC Extends Deadline for FOIA Appeals to 90 DaysOn July 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final rule regarding its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. The SEC was considering imposing a 30-day time limit in which to file an appeal under FOIA. Instead, the SEC extended the time frame to 90 days. National Whistleblower Center General Counsel David K. Colapinto submitted comments to the… Continue Reading

Tax Court Delivers Victory For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
In a significant pro-whistleblower decision yesterday, the Tax Court in a decision 144 TC 15 (Whistleblower 21276-13W v. IRS) made it clear that the IRS couldn’t deny a whistleblower an award because they filed a request for an award after the IRS had collected the fines and penalties from the targeted business.  The whistleblowers’ extensive cooperation with IRS and law enforcement agents… Continue Reading

NPR Highlights FBI Whistleblower’s 10-Year Road to Vindication

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower’s Decade Long Journey to Vindication Featured On NPRThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is under pressure to fix it’s broken whistleblower process. In February 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in March and whistleblower advocacy groups are calling for change. The GAO Report found that the Department… Continue Reading

WMATA Pays $5.6 Million to Settle False Claims Act and Whistleblower Retaliation Suits

Posted in News
Washington, D.C. August 20, 2014.  The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has paid $5.6 million to the United States, the District of Columbia, and Shahiq Khwaja to resolve whistleblower claims brought by Mr. Khwaja under the federal and District of Columbia False Claims Acts, and under the anti-retaliation provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, among other laws. Attorneys for… Continue Reading

We Must Stop Illegal Gag Orders

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The post below was co-authored by Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn David K. Colapinto, partners of the law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP.  One of the most destructive tools used to silence whistleblowers are non-disclosure agreements (often found in employment contracts and severance agreements) which prohibit employees from disclosing fraud and other crimes to law enforcement agencies.  Today’s Washington Post story… Continue Reading

National Whistleblowers Center’s Work Highlighted in The Washington Post’s Year-End Articles

Posted in Forensic Justice, Whistleblowing Works
The Washington Post has published year-end articles that highlight three ongoing projects of the National Whistleblower Center. In an article published on December 26, "Top 10 stories in the federal workforce in 2012", The Washington Post cited the scandal involving FDA electronic spying on its own scientists who blew the whistle on agency misconduct. The Post ranked the FDA electronic… Continue Reading

Attorney David Colapinto speaks on ABC news about The Informant!

Posted in News
David Colapinto, General Counsel of the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC), spoke with ABC News correspondent Lindsey Ellerson in a story released today.  Ellerson looked at how the new movie, The Informant!, sheds light on other more notable whistleblowers. Colapinto told Ellerson, "In terms of the Whitacre case itself, I thought that it was both entertaining and it was an interesting… Continue Reading

Analysis of Senate Markup Coming Soon

Posted in Legislation, National Security
  Today the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held its markup of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 (S. 372). National Whistleblowers Center General Counsel David K. Colapinto has carefully analyzed this complex Senate bill.  His expert analysis and commentary on the Senate bill will be posted here shortly. Mr. Colapinto has represented federal employee whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers and experts testify to House Committee

Posted in National Security
Today the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard from whistleblowers, their advocates, and even an administration official about the need for convincing remedies for federal employee whistleblowers.   Committee Chair Edolphus Towns (D-NY) opened the hearing with an encouraging word about the prospects for Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), H.R. 1507. He indicated that he had positive signs… Continue Reading

Update on Whistleblower Tax Case, Murphy v. IRS

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News, Tax Justice for Whistleblowers
Last month we reported on a key Whistleblower/Civil Rights tax case that was filed with the Supreme Court by attorneys working with the National Whistleblower Center. See Whistleblowers Blog (December 13, 2007). The case is Murphy v. IRS, No. 07-802 (Supreme Court), and the principal issue is whether the IRS can tax as income plaintiffs’ court awards for non-physical compensatory… Continue Reading

Bullet-Lead Case Records and Stonewalling by the FBI

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
On November 18, 2007, the results of an investigation into the operations of the FBI crime lab were printed in the Washington Post and broadcast on CBS News 60 Minutes. The Forensic Justice Project (“FJP”), a project of the National Whistleblower Center, in Washington, D.C., and FJP Executive Director Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, cooperated with the joint Post-60 Minutes investigation by… Continue Reading

Washington Post Bullet-Lead Story; Check Back Tonight for Updates.

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
The Washington Post-60 Minutes investigation, published in today’s Washington Post, has confirmed that the convictions of hundreds of defendants have come into question because a bullet-lead analysis used for 40 years has been discredited and the FBI has failed for more than 2 years to properly notify those convicted about these problems. Read The Article  Later tonight, after the 60… Continue Reading