February 27, 2008. Washington, D.C. The National Whistleblowers Center has joined an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court to support the rights of FOIA requesters. The amicus brief was filed by the National Security Archive, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the National Whistleblowers Center, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
February 27, 2008. Washington, D.C. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “The False Claims Act Correction Act (S. 2041): Strengthening the Government's Most Effective Tool Against Fraud for the 21st Century” on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Stephen M. Kohn, President of the National Whistleblowers Center, submitted written testimony to the committee which was entered into the record of the hearing. View Stephen Kohn’s testimony here.
January 11, 2008, Washington, DC. Take Action! Click here to contact Attorney General Mukasey and tell him that he must not tolerate further retaliation against whistleblower Bassem Youssef by managers at the FBI. The Department of Justice is charged with overseeing the FBI, and it is time they begin doing just that.
January 4, 2008 Washington, D.C. - This morning Chief U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum issued a final order in the case of former FBI Agent Jane Turner, bringing her total court award, including attorney's fees, to nearly $1.4 Million. The judge's ruling dealt yet another blow to the FBI, which had filed an objection to Ms. Turner's request for reimbursement of her attorneys fees
December 13, 2007, Washington, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to hear a key civil rights tax appeal which could affect thousands of past and future victims of civil rights offenses and whistleblower retaliation. In Murphy v. IRS, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed its own original ruling in deciding that court awards for damages such as emotional distress and loss of reputation are taxable as income.
Washington, DC. – October 1, 2007. Several whistleblowers provided confidential information to the United States Department of Justice which resulted in a $515 million taxpayer recovery against the drug company Bristol Myers to settle health care fraud allegations. The settlement was announced by the Department of Justice and Acting Attorney General Peter Keisler on Friday, September 28, 2007. The drug company paid the federal government over $328 million in civil fraud damages and penalties, and paid various state governments over $187 million, plus interest, to settle seven whistleblower lawsuits.
Washington, D.C. September 20, 2007. A letter requesting Congressional action to protect all employee whistleblowers was sent to Congressional leaders on Thursday, September 20, 2007. The letter was endorsed by more than twenty whistleblower advocate and civil liberties groups. View the letter by clicking this link.
Former Top U.S. Contracting Official among Witnesses
False Claims Act Correction Act of 2007 Introduced by Senators Grassley, Durbin, Leahy, and Specter
Washington, D.C. September 10, 2007. – Senator Chuck Grassley has again reminded the FBI that the law does not allow retaliation against government whistleblowers. Grassley reiterated his concerns to FBI Director Robert Mueller in a letter sent yesterday.
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