NWC Issues Statement in Support of NYC Whistleblower Bills
Washington, D.C. May 31, 2012. Today, the New York City Council will be voting on three bills to improve protections for whistleblowers.
Lindsey Williams, Director of Advocacy and Development for the National Whistleblowers Center, issued the following statement:
The NWC supports Proposed Int. No. 479-A, which requires city contractors and subcontractors to post a notice informing employees about their whistleblower rights. Knowledge of existing whistleblower laws is essential in encouraging employees to report fraud.
The NWC strongly supports Proposed Int. No. 816-A, which extends protections under New York City's Whistleblower Law to employees of city contractors and subcontractors.
Proposed Int. No. 828-A is a good first step in making the New York City False Claims Act more effective in detecting and deterring fraud. We look forward to working with the Council in the future to continue improving the Act to ensure accountability of city contractors.
The National Whistleblowers Center was invited to testify at the April 16th hearing on the three bills in front of the Committee on Governmental Operations.
Proposed Int. No. 479-A
Proposed Int. No. 816-A
Proposed Int. No. 828-A
NWC written testimony
Audio of Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing