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
Broad Support for Whistleblowers
There is bipartisan support for the issue of whistleblower protection in both houses of Congress, as well as among the American public.
As an October 2020 poll from the Whistleblower News Network shows, both corporate and federal employee whistleblowers enjoy broad support from the American public. The desire to protect whistleblowers spans across political parties, with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all favoring stronger protections for whistleblowers and Congress making whistleblower protection laws a priority. The poll also indicates a large segment of the voting population in the United States would be more likely to support a candidate for Congress who supports whistleblowers and the laws that protect them.
Partisan battles over whistleblowing before and during President Trump’s impeachment proceedings appear to have had no impact on public support for whistleblower protection, including support among Republicans. The takeaway is clear: Americans do not want to see public servants and those looking to expose wrongdoing in our political and financial institutions come into harm.
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.
In 2019, the U.S. House also introduced a resolution that would declare July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”
“With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”
Senator Chuck Grassley
The History of America’s First Whistleblower Law
As told by National Whistleblower Center Chairman of the Board, Stephen M. Kohn.
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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