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Our Work

Since 1988, we have provided services and advocacy on behalf of whistleblowers. Currently some of our programs are:
  • Grassroots Advocacy: Through the NWC Action Alert Network, we are improving protections and standing up for the brave individuals who report waste, fraud, and abuse. Sign up to receive periodic updates and calls to action. Follow the NWC on Facebook and Twitter and be the first to get news on the NWC’s grassroots campaigns.
  • Legal Advocacy:Attorneys affiliated with the NWC have written and filed numerous Amicus Curiae briefs in precedent-setting cases around the country. Click this link to review the Amicus Curiae briefs submitted on behalf of whistleblowers.
  • Legal Referrals:The NWLDEF operates an Attorney Referral Service to provide legal referrals to whistleblowers in search of competent counsel. The Referral Service is composed of attorneys from across the nation that are interested in whistleblower cases.
  • Expanding Whistleblower Rights:The National Whistleblower Center has played a key role in drafting and supporting major whistleblower legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. The NWC is actively involved in opposing efforts to weaken existing laws and pushing for strengthening whistleblowers laws in the area of wildlife whistleblowers, international whistleblowers and pushing for an official National Whistleblower Day.

Our History

Since 1988, whistleblowers supported by the NWC & NWLDEF have achieved victories for environmental protection, government contract fraud, nuclear safety and government and corporate accountability. These include:
  • Worked closely with the SEC to create effective regulations. SEC adopted key recommendations from the NWC for enhancing its Whistleblower Reward Program under the Dodd-Frank Act, including protections for corporate compliance officials and affirming the eligibility for rewards of employees who participated in the securities violations.
  • Supported case of IRS Whistleblower whose disclosures led the recovery of more than $5 billion from delinquent taxpayers and $780 million from UBS Bank to the U.S. Treasury. Disclosures led to change in the secret Swiss banking industry.
  • Winning reinstatement for the highest ranking nuclear whistleblower.
  • Chosen as a Grand Prize Winner in the 2016 Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge , an initiative of USAID in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC.
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act to force government agencies to release hundreds of thousands of pages of information documenting government misconduct.
  • Opposes efforts to weaken the False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws.
  • Worked with public interest groups to file amicus curiae “friend of the court” briefs establishing important pro-whistleblower legal precedent in cases filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and federal administrative agencies
  • Exposing misconduct at the World Trade Center and the 9/11 crime scenes, including theft by FBI agents and the mishandling of evidence
  • Documenting deficiencies in the FBI’s counterterrorism program
  • Requiring the FBI to create whistleblower protection for FBI agents for the first time in U.S. history
  • Forcing the FBI to accredit its crime lab
  • Forcing the Attorney General to withdraw gag orders on government employees who desired to expose ethical violations to members of Congress
  • Successfully working with Congress to ensure passage of critical whistleblower protection laws, such as the No-Fear Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate Whistleblower Protection Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act
  • Forcing President Bush to withdraw his nomination for head of enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency due to his former retaliation against whistleblowers
  • Preventing federal agencies from gagging employee speech critical of agency policies
  • Banning “hush money” payments for all environmental and nuclear federal safety cases
  • Exposing the vulnerabilities of U.S. nuclear power plants to airborne terrorist attacks and forcing reforms in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Ensuring that military whistleblowers are informed of their rights by the Department of Defense
  • Permitting employees to pursue “mixed case” whistleblowers claims under the Whistleblower Protection Act.
  • Recovery of billions of dollars for the United States Taxpayers from corrupt government contractors and tax cheats.
  • Protection of police officers by forcing defective bulletproof vests off the market.
  • Removing from the FBI crime lab forensic examiners who submitted false and misleading laboratory reports
  • Forcing the Department of Justice to review thousands of criminal convictions resulting in the release of innocent defendants from prison.
  • Forced the EPA to abandon its policy of promoting the land application of sewage sludge on farmland.
  • Exposing theft of “souvenirs” from the Ground Zero crime scene compelling the FBI to prohibit agents from removing property from crimes scenes.
  • Exposed the illegal no-bid contract between Halliburton and the Army Corps of Engineers for the reconstruction of Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
  • Obtained protection for workers at nuclear weapons plants under federal and state law.
  • Won Department of Labor ruling protecting whistleblowers who contacted NGO’s or non-profit environmental groups.
  • Protected FBI agent who exposed civil rights violations harming child victims by violent sexual abuse.
  • Prevented the U.S. Government from using “tainted evidence” in the 1993 World Trade Center and 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing cases.
  • Establishing numerous legal precedents strengthening whistleblower protections for public and private sector employees, including expanding the scope of protected whistleblower speech, enjoining government regulations which restricted whistleblowing, and expanding the use of the Privacy Act to prevent the government from smearing its critics.