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Attorney General Supports Increased Whistleblower Protections Under Federal Banking Laws FIRREA

New York City, New York. September 17, 2014.  In a speech delivered today at New York University School of Law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder publicly endorsed enlarging U.S. whistleblower reward laws to include expanded rewards under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, better known as “FIRREA.” 

The Attorney General acknowledged the tremendous success of other whistleblower reward laws, explaining how incentivizing whistleblowers would “significantly improve the Justice Department’s ability to gather evidence of wrongdoing while complex financial crimes are still in progress – making it easier to complete investigations and to stop misconduct before it becomes so widespread that it foments the next crisis.”

Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, strongly praised Holder’s proposal: 

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Senate Approves “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for Second Year

On July 30, 2014, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the second year in row.   The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law enacted on July 30, 1778.

Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, first discovered the importance of this date to whistleblowers.  Fifteen years ago, while conducting research for an amicus brief filed by the NWC supporting the constitutionality of the False Claims Act, Kohn discovered a resolution passed by the Continental Congress. The resolution, enacted on July 30, 1778, can be considered the world’s first whistleblower law.  Kohn then carefully researched why our Founding Fathers enacted the resolution, and learned the details of America’s first whistleblower case.  He reviewed the letters the whistleblowers wrote in jail pleading their case to the revolutionary Congress.  He obtained from the National Archives a copy of the check the Continental Congress wrote to Sam Adams, honoring Congress’ agreement to pay the costs of the whistleblowers’ defense. 

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Tags: Changing Corporate Culture
NWC Issues Report Blasting Chamber of Commerce’s Attempt to Undermine Major Federal Anti-Fraud Law

 Requests that the Hearing Scheduled for July 30, 2014 Present Balanced Testimony

ReportCover Washington, D.C. July 25, 2014. Today the National Whistleblower Center released a new report entitled “Saving America's 'Most Important Tool to Uncover and Punish Fraud.'” The report rebuts arguments being raised by the Chamber of Commerce as part of its aggressive lobbying campaign to undercut and weaken the False Claims Act.

 

The FCA is widely acknowledged as America’s most effective anti-fraud law.  It encourages whistleblowers to report fraud in government contracting, and results in the recovery of billions of dollars every year from fraudulent government contractors.  The Chamber is preparing to testify at an upcoming hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in order to pave the way for Congress to weaken the FCA.

  
Take Action! Ask Congress to Save America's Most Important Whistleblower Law!

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Tags: Government Contractor Fraud, Changing Corporate Culture