Key Whistleblower Laws

Whistleblowers have multiple avenues of reporting at their disposal due to a framework of various laws across public and private sectors. Each statute and law provides different protections and rewards. View the key laws that apply to whistleblowers in the securities, tax, intelligence, wildlife sectors, and more.

False Claims Act

The False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the strongest whistleblower protections laws in the United States. Read our FAQ on the FCA to learn more about this qui tam provision.

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Securities Exchange Commission Whistleblower Protections

Within the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), whistleblowers can look to the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the SEC after the 2008 financial crisis, and use the avenues given to them within the SEC's Whistleblower Program.

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IRS Whistleblower Program

Whistleblowers looking to expose tax fraud can look to the IRS whistleblower provisions within the IRS whistleblower program potentially receiving monetary rewards for successful sanctions against tax fraud violators.

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Wildlife Whistleblower Laws and Protections

Wildlife whistleblowers are one of the greatest tools to combat the illegal wildlife trafficking network. With provisions in law such as the Lacey Act, whistleblowers can detect wildlife crime and potentially receive awards when disclosing information that leads to successful enforcement action.

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Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Whistleblower Laws

Key U.S. laws permit both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens to receive large monetary rewards for blowing the whistle on fishing-related crimes. Whistleblowers in the field are key to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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Illegal Lumber Trade Whistleblowers

Illegal logging accounts for a significant portion of all lumber trade. Whistleblowers with original information about illegal logging operations could receive rewards under provisions within U.S. law.

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Federal Whistleblowers

Public employees in service of the government have distinct protections under the law. However, the National Whistleblower Center works to codify further protections in law to protect those exposing corruption wherever in our government.

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Whistleblowers Outside the United States

Whistleblowers outside the United States are still eligible for many reward provisions under U.S. law, as well as covered when reporting. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is one critical law in place that can help whistleblowers abroad.

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