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SEC Whistleblower Office Continues Big Improvements

Program sets a new national standard for effective whistleblower programs


Washington, D.C. November 19, 2014.  On Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower released its FY 2014 Annual Report.  The report, required by Congress, documented significant improvements in the SEC’s whistleblower program, leading the National Whistleblower Center to point to the SEC program as a model for other federal agencies to follow.


Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, stated: 

“The SEC program is fast becoming a model for other federal agencies to follow.  The Office of the Whistleblower has not only developed an administrative program for processing ‘tips’ and rewards, it has engaged on key issues effecting whistleblowers.  The Office is filling the void on the lack of international whistleblower protections, ensuring that foreign nationals who blow the whistle on violations of U.S. securities laws that occur outside the United States are fully covered under the awards law.  Additionally, it has taken groundbreaking steps to combat retaliation in the workplace, including sanctioning companies that retaliate and filing ‘friend of the court’ briefs to ensure that the courts properly interpret whistleblower protection laws.”   

“This multi-faceted approach to whistleblower protection is a model for other federal agencies to follow,” Kohn added.


Tags: Press Releases, News, Corporate Accountability
Tax Whistleblowers Alert: Protecting Tax Whistleblower Rights If You Get a Denial Letter

The National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) Senior Policy Advisor – Dean Zerbe and his law firm ZFF&J – were recently in Tax Court as the first lawyers to litigate in a hearing whether a whistleblower meets the three-part test of the IRS whistleblower award program. In brief, the three-part test is: 1) the whistleblower provided information to the government; 2) the IRS acted on that information; and, 3) the IRS action resulted in collected proceeds.

While the case remains under seal, the whistleblower was able to show that the IRS denial letter was issued in error and that the whistleblower met the three-part test – in spades. Finally having their day in Tax Court to have the facts brought forward was in of itself a victory for the whistleblower. 

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NWC Fights Back Chamber of Commerce/KBR Attack on Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. October 22, 2014. Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center filed a “friend of court” brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The extensive brief delivers a full rebuttal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) attack on the integrity of whistleblowers.

The Chamber and its corporate allies (in this case KBR) are attempting convince the Supreme Court to narrow the scope of whistleblowers eligible to file cases under the False Claims Act. Their position would block whistleblowers with key original information on government fraud from filing their cases by a hyper technical technicality.

Attorney General Supports Increased Whistleblower Protections Under Federal Banking Laws FIRREA

New York City, New York. September 17, 2014.  In a speech delivered today at New York University School of Law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder publicly endorsed enlarging U.S. whistleblower reward laws to include expanded rewards under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, better known as “FIRREA.” 

The Attorney General acknowledged the tremendous success of other whistleblower reward laws, explaining how incentivizing whistleblowers would “significantly improve the Justice Department’s ability to gather evidence of wrongdoing while complex financial crimes are still in progress – making it easier to complete investigations and to stop misconduct before it becomes so widespread that it foments the next crisis.”

Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, strongly praised Holder’s proposal: