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NWC Fights Back Chamber of Commerce/KBR Attack on Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. October 22, 2014. Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center filed a “friend of court” brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The extensive brief delivers a full rebuttal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) attack on the integrity of whistleblowers.

The Chamber and its corporate allies (in this case KBR) are attempting convince the Supreme Court to narrow the scope of whistleblowers eligible to file cases under the False Claims Act. Their position would block whistleblowers with key original information on government fraud from filing their cases by a hyper technical technicality.

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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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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.

  
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Tags: Government Contractor Fraud, Changing Corporate Culture
Big Win for Corporate Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

 

SOX whistleblower protection covers mutual fund industry


Washington, D.C. March 4, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, that contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies are fully protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for corporate whistleblowers.

 

Significantly, in today's decision the Supreme Court explicitly held that investment advisors and other "independent contractors" employed in the mutual fund industry are fully protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's whistleblower provisions. The Supreme Court's ruling reversed a lower court holding excluding the mutual fund industry from protection under Sarbanes-Oxley.

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Changing Corporate Culture
Washington Times Reports: FBI Kept Information From 9/11 Commission

Washington, D.C. February 26, 2014.  In an exclusive report, The Washington Times reports that important information regarding the FBI’s counterterrorist achievements was never given to the members 9/11 Commission. The fact that the FBI had placed a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and ascertained that the al Qaeda leader was looking to finance terrorist attacks in the United States, was revealed in court testimony in a little-noticed employment dispute case.

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Tags: National Security, Protecting FBI Whistleblowers
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