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SEC’s Annual Report Confirms $50 Million Paid to Whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingSEC anticipates paying an additional $221 million to whistleblowers in FY2018. Washington, DC, November 16, 2017.  The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower issued its annual report today. The Commission confirmed that “whistleblowers have provided tremendous value to its enforcement efforts and significantly helped investors.” It also confirmed that whistleblower disclosures have “directly” contributed to “hundreds of millions of dollars… Continue Reading

Proposed Grassley Amendment Important for Whistleblowers

Posted in Tax Justice for Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Proposed Grassley Amendment Important for WhistleblowersWashington, D.C. November 15, 2017. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has put forth two amendments to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill that are important to whistleblowers. The major amendment addresses an issue that has been the subject of previous posts, defining the term “collected proceeds” in I.R.C. section 7623(b).  The IRS and Department of Justice have taken the position whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Ruling a Setback for Veterans and Whistleblowers at the FBI

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Appeals Court Ruling a Setback for Veterans and Whistleblowers at the FBIDissenting judges decry “denial of due process” for FBI whistleblowers. October 26, 2017. Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled against veterans who are employed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and are fired for blowing the whistle. The case is known as Parkinson v. Department of Justice.  In a major setback… Continue Reading

Retaliation for Refusing to Go Along with the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Posted in Events
As part of our #GivingTuesday campaign, we will be sharing several whistleblower stories from this year’s National Whistleblower Day celebration. Dr. Tommie “Toni” Savage told her personal story as a whistleblower who exposed corruption within the Army Corps of Engineers. It was a nightmare ordeal for Savage and her family who still continue to face the aftermath today. But her case… Continue Reading

Thousands of Whistleblower Cases in Jeopardy

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
This term the U.S. Supreme Court will decide Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (Digital), one of the most important whistleblower cases to come before the Court in 20-years.   The Chamber of Commerce and its Wall Street allies want to strip all employees who report securities frauds internally to their compliance departments or managers from protection under the Dodd-Frank Act’s (DFA)… Continue Reading

DeVos Pick Puts Veterans and Whistleblowers at Risk at For-Profit Colleges

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Creative Commons/User Christopher PennSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed Julian Schmoke, to head the agency’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit, the unit tasked with investigating fraud at for-profit colleges. Mr. Schmoke previously served as a dean at DeVry University, a for-profit school that was sanctioned $100 million by the U.S. government for fraudulent practices. Take action: add your name to the NWC letter… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Gives Latest Review of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblowers HandbookIn 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… Continue Reading

Wildlife Trafficking: Fighting a Culture of Intimidation

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wayne Lotter, ConservationistEvery day, park rangers and conservationists like Wayne Lotter, of PAMS Foundation Tanzania, risk their lives to fight against global wildlife trafficking. Too often, their stories end in tragedy. Over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the last 10 years. And last week, Lotter was shot and killed in Tanzania. These killings send a chilling… Continue Reading

Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

Posted in News
Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day CelebrationWashington, D.C. July 28, 2017. Members of Congress and agency leaders honored whistleblowers at yesterday’s National Whistleblower Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group.  Strong bipartisan support for whistleblowers was apparent from both Members of Congress and the agency leader in attendance.  … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Groups to Celebrate in a United National Summit for Whistleblowers!

Posted in Events, News
This week, a wide range of whistleblower advocacy groups will be participating in the annual Whistleblower Summit for Human and Civil Rights, in honor of National Whistleblower Day on July 30th. The annual Summit provides an opportunity for whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates, and whistleblower supporting organizations to discuss the state of whistleblower protection in the United States and plan the future… Continue Reading

Updated Version of the Premier Consumer’s Guide to Whistleblower Protection Released

Posted in Handbook, News
the Whistleblower’s HandbookToday the National Whistleblower Center (NWC)  announced the release of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press 2017). This updated resource, authored by leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security… Continue Reading

NWC Statement Clarifies History Behind Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Internal whistleblowers protected by Dodd-Frank ActCorporate Attack on Internal Whistleblowers Rebutted In an article published on June 22, 2017,  by Law360, Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and partner in the whistleblower rights law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, revealed previously unknown information regarding the legislative history of the anti-retaliation language in the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank).  A controversy exists regarding these… Continue Reading

VA Whistleblower Protections Signed into Law; Don’t Go Far Enough

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
VA WhistleblowersJune 23, 2017. Washington, D.C. Today President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The law aims to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and reprisal and will require training of all VA employees about whistleblower protections. The Veterans Affairs (VA) Whistleblower Office  created by President Trump in April becomes permanent under the new law.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wild leopard in Kruger ParkThe illegal wildlife trade is wiping entire species from our planet, and causing irreparable damage to our biological ecosystems. Despite all of the national and international government regulations and anti-poaching measures by nonprofit groups and other organizations, wildlife trafficking is an incredibly lucrative trade that continues to thrive, valued at $7 – 23 billion per year. If there is any… Continue Reading

NWC Publishes Former FBI Director Comey’s Speech on Whistleblowers

Posted in News
Public urged to Take Action! The National Whistleblower Center issued the following action alert today which featured a 2016 speech by then FBI Director James Comey.  The full action alert is reprinted below: In light of the news of former FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal, the NWC is calling for our government to reaffirm its commitment to protecting whistleblowers from… Continue Reading

New Legislation to Improve IRS Whistleblower Protections

Posted in Tax Justice for Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers
Sen GrassleySen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced critically needed legislation to protect tax fraud whistleblowers from workplace retaliation. The National Whistleblower Center strongly believes that this legislation is crucial to effectively prevent honest employees from having their careers destroyed, simply for doing the right thing.… Continue Reading

Trump’s Nominee for Attorney General Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program

Posted in News
Senator Sessions: “It's not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.”Senator Sessions: “It’s not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.” Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Justice manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of  of President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General began on Tuesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Committee… Continue Reading

Congress Unanimously Closes One Loophole in FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
More FBI whistleblower reforms needed in next Congress December 12, 2016. In the wee hours of Saturday morning’s lame duck session, the U.S. Senate passed a truncated version of the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). This bill was drawn from an excerpted portion of a bill of the same name, originally introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick… Continue Reading

Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of FBI Whistleblower with Larger Reform Implications

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
On December 6th, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in support of FBI whistleblower Darin Jones. Jones alleged he made whistleblower disclosures about an improper award of a $40 million contract and other improper procurement spending at the FBI. The FBI fired him from his position as a Supervisory Contract Specialist, which Jones alleges was done as an… Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Launches its #GivingTuesday Campaign: #BecauseOfWBs

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday Washington, D.C.  November 1, 2016. The National Whistleblower Center will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
October 12, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. Parkinson, a former FBI special… Continue Reading