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 America's first whistleblower law and one of the strongest whistleblower laws in the United States.

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Reverse False Claims

In recent years, the False Claims Act has been applied in a new way: to instances in which a wrongdoer has prevented the government from collecting what it is owed.

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Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Act, passed after the 2008 financial crisis, created multiple whistleblower programs across agencies like the SEC and CFTC.

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IRS Whistleblower Law

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

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has proven to be one of the most powerful and effective transnational anticorruption laws in the world. It has two main provisions, centered around anti-bribery and proper accounting.

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Lacey Act

Originally enacted in 1900, the Lacey Act is one of the United States’ oldest and most powerful wildlife protection laws and has strong whistleblower provisions.

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Whistleblower Laws Around the World

Whistleblowers can play a powerful role in challenging corruption, transnational crime, and environmental destruction, but protections and rewards for whistleblowers vary widely around the world.

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Wildlife Whistleblower Laws

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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IUU 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 Logging 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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