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National Whistleblower Center Meets with Top U.S. Department of Commerce Officials

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Meets with Top Department of Commerce OfficialsThis week the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) met with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) General Counsel Peter Davidson and Senior Counsel James Uthmeier to discuss the implementation of whistleblower laws in their agency. NWC was represented by Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, Managing Director of the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program Scott Hajost, and Co-Chairperson of the Board Dr. Gina Green.… Continue Reading

Delegation from Armenia Visits the National Whistleblower Center

Posted in Events, International, International Whistleblowers, News
Delegation from Armenia Visits the National Whistleblower CenterYesterday, a delegation from the Republic of Armenia visited the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) for a presentation about best practices to fight corruption and the implementation of whistleblower laws. The visit was facilitated by the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), an initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Attendees from the delegation included representatives from Armenia’s criminal court system (including… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Celebrates World Wildlife Day

Posted in Campaigns, Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, International, International Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Celebrates World Wildlife DayToday the National Whistleblower Center is excited to celebrate World Wildlife Day, a day that commemorates the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 45 years ago in Washington, D.C. CITES was an important step forward in promoting the protection of wildlife and biodiversity around the world. While this is a… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill Uses Whistleblower Incentives to Battle Foreign Corruption

Posted in International Whistleblowers, Legislation
On Tuesday, a bipartisan bill was introduced by Congressmen Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA), that would help U.S. authorities combat terrorist financing and foreign government corruption. The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act (H.R. 5101), would establish a rewards program for whistleblowers who notify the U.S. government of assets in U.S. financial institutions that are linked to foreign corruption, allowing… Continue Reading

Malta, We Have a Problem

Posted in International, International Whistleblowers, News
Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on UnsplashNational Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, in cooperation with the European Center for Whistleblower Rights, has called upon Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) to protect whistleblower Valery Atanasov. A former IT administrator at the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), Mr. Atanasov blew the whistle on dodgy regulatory practices that could have… Continue Reading

DOJ Recommends Dismissing “Meritless” Whistleblower Cases

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, False Claims Act, Whistleblowing Works
Department of Justice Recommends Dismissing "Meritless" Whistleblower CasesA 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,… Continue Reading

Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of WhistleblowersIn late 2017, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (considered one of America’s most important judicial districts) settled a case against Notations, a garment wholesaler. In a case originally brought by a qui tam relator (a.k.a. a whistleblower), Notations admitted to ignoring repeated warning signs that its Chinese importer was lying about the value of its imported… Continue Reading

Key Whistleblower Protections Cut from Tax Reform Law, Criminal Fraudsters Protected

Posted in Legislation
Washington, D.C. December 16, 2017. The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill has eliminated two key provisions to protect whistleblowers who report major criminal tax frauds. The National Whistleblower Center today issued an Action Alert asking the American public to oppose the tax bill based on the elimination of these two critical anti-fraud protections.… Continue Reading

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

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

Four Ways Whistleblower Rewards Can Save Lions From Extinction

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
LionLion populations worldwide have been in consistent decline, initially classified as vulnerable and more recently added to the Endangered Species Act. Whether killed for sale in the wildlife trafficking trade, as a hunting trophy, or in retaliation for feeding off farmers’ livestock, humans are the cause for the dwindling population. But humans can also be the solution, if given the opportunity.… Continue Reading

Rule 12: Get a Reward! End Wildlife Trafficking.

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Handbook
the Whistleblower’s HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook. Whistleblowers are the key to ending wildlife trafficking and Stephen Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, knows it. There are over forty U.S. wildlife protection laws with Whistleblower rewards built into them. Unfortunately, for over 30 years no one has used reward… Continue Reading

Rule 2: Navigating the Maze

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblower FAQ
the Whistleblower’s HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.         Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and author of the Whistleblower’s Handbook, asserts that the history of whistleblower laws stems from an attempt to answer the question: “What to do if the boss is a crook?” Many employees see corrupt practices… 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

Rule 3: Follow the Money

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblower FAQ
the Whistleblower’s HandbookPart of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook. Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), underscores that “the single most important rule for whistleblowers is very simple: Follow the money.” Whistleblowing can be a long and difficult road, so before embarking on the journey potential whistleblowers should make sure they… Continue Reading

NWC Leads Opposition to Anti-Whistleblower Financial CHOICE Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Later this week, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R – TX), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, designed and championed this bill. The CHOICE Act will repeal major parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act, and deregulate U.S. financial markets. The bill also advances… Continue Reading

Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Vaquitas caught in gillnetsToday, on Endangered Species Day, we bid farewell to yet another beautiful species decimated by human activity: the vaquita.  With less than a handful of these small porpoises left in the world, experts have concluded there is no option but to pursue a risky, last-ditch attempt at preserving vaquitas by removing them from the wild and placing them in captivity.… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Testifies Before House Committee in Defense of the SEC Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Today, National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn submitted testimony to the House Financial Services Committee in defense of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program—a highly successful program that has protected investors and recovered $1 billion from Wall Street fraudsters since its inception. Section 823 of the draft Financial Choice Act of 2017 directly, and negatively, impacts the… Continue Reading

Despite Bipartisan Efforts to Stand Up to Wildlife Trafficking, Agencies Continue Their Standstill  

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Endangered_GorillaLast year, Steve Kohn informed the world about dormant whistleblower provisions in wildlife protection laws that, if activated, would effectively combat wildlife trafficking. While several branches of the U.S. government have committed to addressing trafficking activities that have pushed many iconic species such as tigers and elephants to the brink of extinction, federal agencies have yet to use all the… Continue Reading

Seminar Series on Whistleblowing Highlights Need for Robust System of Protection and Rewards

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Whistleblower SeminarOn February 9th the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in partnership with the National Whistleblower Center, hosted the first seminar in a two-part series on wildlife whistleblowing. “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” focused on the vital role that whistleblowers play in the fight against global wildlife trafficking. Panelists included Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of The National Whistleblower… Continue Reading