Congressional Testimony

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The National Whistleblower Center regularly provides expert testimony before Congress on matters that impact whistleblowers and whistleblower programs. We view this as a necessary extension of its mission to educate the public about whistleblower rights, and an indispensable part of our continuing efforts to promote stronger and more comprehensive whistleblower protection.

The expert attorneys of the NWC also consult with congressional staff in order to advise them on the impacts of considered legislation. We have provided expert advice in the drafting of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, among other laws.

Read about the testimony we’ve provided for over three decades:

  • Hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, US House of Representatives, “Restoring the Power of the Purse: Legislative Options” (December 1, 2016) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the  Constitution and Civil Justice of the U.S. House of Representatives, “Oversight of the False Claims Act” (April 28, 2016) (read the written testimony here).
  • Senate Judiciary Committee: Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight (March 4, 2015) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives, “Oversight of the False Claims Act” (July 30, 2013) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, US House of Representatives, Protecting the Public from Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: H.R. 1507, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 (May 14, 2009) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearings before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, “Mistreatment of Iraq Contracting Whistleblowers” (September 21, 2007) (read about the hearing here; read the written testimony here).
  • Hearings before the Committee on Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives, “What Price Free Speech” (June 29, 2006) (expert testimony on impact of Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearings before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, “Hearing on S. 1538, the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act” (November 12, 2003) (read the written testimony here).
  • Hearings before the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives, “EPA’s Sludge Rule:  Closed Minds or Open Debate” (March 22, 2000) (read about the hearing here).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, “Administrative Oversight of the Investigation of TWA Flight 800” (May 10, 1999) (as attorney for witness; read the written testimony here).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, “Oversight Hearings on the FBI Crime Lab” (September 29, 1997) (as attorney for witness; watch the testimony here).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, “Oversight Hearings on the Activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation” (May 13, 1997) (as attorney for witness; read the written testimony here).
  • Joint Hearings before the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee and Legislation and National Security Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations, “Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to a Cabinet-Level Department” (May 6, 1993) (read the written report here).
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