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5 Whistleblower Films to Watch If You Liked ‘The Post’

Posted in News
5 Whistleblower Films to Watch If You Liked 'The Post'The 90th Academy Awards yesterday featured a diverse set of films nominated for Best Picture, including a whistleblower film called The Post. Based on a true story, the movie centers on the fight to publish top-secret U.S. government information on the Vietnam War leaked by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. The star-studded cast includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. In the spirit… Continue Reading

Serbian Press Lauds Whistleblower Advocacy

Posted in International
Serbian news media recently published an interview with NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn. This fall, Kohn participated in the “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources” conference in Belgrade. The international conference, hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information brought together leading whistleblower… Continue Reading

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

Posted in End of Year, News
Internationally recognized whistleblower attorney and NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs to… 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

Special Holiday Offer

Posted in News
This year, as you are deciding what to give your loved ones, friends, and colleagues for the holidays, why not choose to give something interesting and useful? One of the most powerful gifts you can give is knowledge. The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself is the best gift you can give an employee.… Continue Reading

Federal Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Becomes Law

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
President Barack Obama signed into law today the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). Whistleblower attorneys working pro bono with the NWC played an instrumental role in passing this Act. NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee and David Colapinto testified before the House Government Oversight hearing in support of the bill. The bill contains important… Continue Reading

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo on C-SPAN this weekend

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events
You can catch Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library on C-Span/Book TV starting tomorrow. Called No FEAR: A Whistleblowers Triumph, the lecture draws on her book, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  You can read our coverage of her book signing here. C-SPAN will air Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture: Saturday, January 21st at 9:15am (ET)… Continue Reading

2009 National Conference and AGM of Whistleblowers Australia

Posted in International
Whistleblowers Australia (WBA), an association of whistleblowers in Australia, will host 2009 National Conference and annual general meeting at Aquinas College of the University of Adelaide from December 5-6, 2009. The conference theme is “blowing the whistle in the workplace.” Shelley Pezy, conference convener, kindly sent us the conference program draft. You can download it by clicking here. According to… 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

Wisconsin Whistleblower Case Highlights Lack of Employee Protections

Posted in News
The Madison Wisconsin Capitol Times has this story today about Tom Nanstead, an electric company whistleblower who was terminated in 2005 after reporting that his employer routinely overbilled its customers for their utilities. Now, four years later, it has been determined by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, that Xcel energy did indeed overbill their customers, but Mr. Nanstead has found no… 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 Post Was Dead Wrong

Posted in Legislation, News
Yesterday, as some of you may know, the Washington Post ran an ill-informed editorial criticizing House Congressional leaders for their inclusion of a government employee whistleblower rights provision in the economic stimulus bill that they passed the House of Representatives last week. (see response to the editorial) The Washington Post says that including whistleblower provisions in the legislation was "disengenous,"… Continue Reading

Encouraging Whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Today’s Christian Science Monitor has an excellent article on what companies need to do to encourage whistleblower reports. Employers large and small should be thinking about this especially because fraud reports are rising as the economy falters.… Continue Reading

Vote for Whistleblower Protection on Change.org

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
As you know, the recent financial meltdown and the Madoff scandal have highlighted the importance of protecting whistleblowers.  Employees that have the courage to stand up for the protection of American taxpayers  should be treated with the respect they deserve.  As the new Administration and Congress prepare to revitalize the economy we must ensure that oversight and accountability are central… Continue Reading

Brief: It’s not “absurd” to follow SOX law.

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
A few federal judges have been reluctant to follow a provision in the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) law that allows corporate fraud whistleblowers to have a de novo trial in federal court. One judge in Maryland ordered a SOX case back to the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) saying that the de novo provision was "absurd."  Yesterday, I filed an… Continue Reading

Burrowing and Purging at Sunset

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
David Swanson reports in AfterDowningStreet.org that the Bush administration has accelerated efforts to purge federal departments of whistleblowers before the inauguration of President-Elect Obama.  The story follows on the heels of a Washington Post report about the "borrowing" of political appointees into civil service positions to protect their jobs after the change of administrations. His article is available at: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/stopthepurge Swanson… Continue Reading

National Whistleblowers Center Announces the First Training Seminar Covering Whistleblower Rights Under the Newly Enacted Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008

Posted in Events
Protections Expanded to Workers Who Expose Safety Defects in Imported Consumer Products and Violations of the Consumer Products Safety Act and the Hazardous Substances Acts   Washington, D.C. November 8, 2008.  The National Whistleblower Center is sponsoring the first training seminar covering the newly enacted whistleblower protection provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008.   The new law contains… Continue Reading

Obama’s Hardest Promise: Protecting Workers Who Blow The Whistle

Posted in News
Senator Barack Obama won the presidential election this week running as the candidate for change. The change he promised included bringing transparency and accountability back into the federal government. During the past year, we have watched President-Elect Obama use his persuasive oratory to change the American political landscape. His oratory included strong public commitments to ensure effective government oversight and… Continue Reading

AP: DoD Inspector General’s Office’s “Demoralized” Staff Rejects Over 90% of Whistleblower Claims

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
This morning, the AP released a story detailing the failure of the Department of Defense Inspector General’s (DoD IG) office to perform it’s two essential functions: (a) protect military whistleblowers and (b)investigate their claims. As one whistleblower in the story says: "They are supposed to serve as the conscience of the Department of Defense. And they’re not." The AP used Freedom of Information Act… Continue Reading