Enact a National Whistleblower Day

Recognize and honor the crucial contributions that whistleblowers have made to democracy
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The U.S. Continental Congress passed America’s first whistleblower law during the height of the American Revolution on July 30th, 1778.

To honor this history, the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015. It was a huge success.

Since then, the National Whistleblower Center has held an annual celebration to honor and celebrate the great contributions of whistleblowers. We are strongly advocating for July 30th to be permanently recognized as National Whistleblower Day, and we need your support.

Over the last few years, the National Whistleblower Center has worked to build bipartisan support for the issue of whistleblower protection. The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution each year since 2013 declaring July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” The U.S. House has also introduced a resolution to recognize the day.

The National Whistleblower Center believes it is important to honor whistleblowers and change the culture of retaliation that often destroys whistleblowers’ careers. We need your help in securing enactment of a law that would establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day in perpetuity.

“That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”

First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress

How You Can Help

Urge Your Representatives to Permanently Establish a National Whistleblower Day

Congress needs to pass legislation that would require the heads of each federal agency use National Whistleblower Day as an opportunity to set the tone at the top, calling public attention to the contributions whistleblowers have made to American democracy and their own agencies. The legislation needs to have all federal agencies highlight the role whistleblowers have played in their agencies to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and enforce the laws of the land.

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The National Whistleblower Center is a publicly-supported, tax-exempt organization that needs your support to continue protecting and advocating for whistleblower rights. Donate to support the National Whistleblower Day 2019 Campaign!

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National Whistleblower Day 2019

Honored Whistleblowers

Meet the whistleblowers we honored at National Whistleblower Day by visiting our whistleblower recognition page.

National Whistleblower Day Program

A range of speakers from Members of Congress to whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates spoke at our event in 2019. Find our program here.

Watch the Celebration

We live-streamed to supporters on Facebook! Find the video here.

“With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”

Senator Chuck Grassley

Congressional Resolutions

There is bipartisan support for the issue of whistleblower protection in both houses of Congress. The U.S. Senate has passed a Resolution each year since 2013 declaring July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” The 2019 Resolution was unanimously passed on July 24th, 2019.

READ THE 2019 SENATE RESOLUTION

This year, the U.S. House also introduced a resolution that would declare July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”

READ THE 2019 HOUSE RESOLUTION

Learn More

The History of America’s First Whistleblower Law

As told by the former Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn.

Learn More on NWC’s TheChisel Proposal

Learn more and engage with your fellow Americans! TheChisel is a unique platform to engage in public policy-making with experts from nonpartisan organizations and bipartisan coalitions. The proposal ‘Establish an Official National Whistleblower Day to Promote Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability’ can be found here.

Whistleblowers are those who bravely come forward with information about fraud, corruption, and other criminal behavior. Despite enormous personal and professional risks, they bring to light evidence that would otherwise remain hidden. For the sake of truth and transparency, they step up. Explore how this proposal aims to better our democratic institutions by emphasizing the importance of  transparency and accountability.

The proposal ‘Establish an Official National Whistleblower Day to Promote Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability’ can be found here.

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