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When does the statute of limitations clock start running in a False Claims Act (FCA) case when the government declines to intervene in a whistleblower case?  That is the question the Supreme Court will consider when it takes up Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States. The National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus curiae brief in the case this week. At issue: Must an FCA plaintiff rely on the statute of limitations in a suit…
Where do federal employees go to appeal a suspension or report on-the-job retaliation for exposing mismanagement?  Nowhere lately. Yet this week, Congress will try to address the problem. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday will once again consider nominees to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), while the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to discuss the issue on Thursday. That three-person board, which hears…
The proposed European Parliament directive on whistleblower protection could make it more difficult for individuals to come forward with information about wrongdoing, according to a group transparency and anti-corruption groups. At issue is a provision that requires employees to report potential crimes and fraud internally before going to regulators and law enforcement. If this mandatory internal disclosure regime stands, the directive will have abandoned responsible Europeans who raise concerns appropriately to their employers through their supervisors…
A man once called “America’s most famous whistleblower” has died at the age of 92. In 1968, A. Ernest Fitzgerald, a top financial manager for the Air Force, revealed a $2.3 billion cost overrun in the Air Forces’ Lockheed C-5 aircraft program. He did it before Congress and in defiance of his superiors. From The Washington Post  Under oath, he said the C-5A was $2 billion over budget. In testifying, Mr. Fitzgerald later said, he…
Whistleblowers helped the IRS collect more than $1.4 billion in criminal fines, civil forfeitures, and reporting violations in fiscal year 2018, according to an agency report released Wednesday. Of that record amount, more than $300 million went to whistleblowers – an average of 21.7 percent of proceeds collected.  That’s an increase from fiscal year 2017, when the average reward was 17 percent. It was a record setting year in proceeds collected and award amounts paid,…
Several US whistleblower laws have international applications that have been used to fight fraud and corruption worldwide. The laws are key to anti-bribery efforts, and insider disclosures have already resulted in millions of dollars in fines in the U.S. and beyond, Washington-based lawyer Stephen M. Kohn told a group of international anti-corruption organizations on Friday, February 1. The “International Conference on Anticorruption Policies” took place in Attica, Greece and was sponsored by the Hellenic
Some might see whistleblowers as lucky lottery winners when their multimillion-dollar rewards come through. But, the title of the piece in the February 4 issue of The New Yorker reflects the other side of the story: “The Personal Toll of Whistleblowing” “Whistleblowers are usually, but not always, employees or members of the group on which they’re blowing the whistle; after they do so, their lives are never the same,” writes Sheelah Kolhatkar. She joined The…
On January 30, 2019, Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2019 (H.R. 864). This bipartisan, groundbreaking legislation enhances the ability of informants worldwide to detect and report wildlife crimes. It also strengthens the laws criminalizing trafficking. In a joint press release, both representatives recognized the importance of halting poachers, traffickers, and transnational criminal organizations—all of which are responsible for exacerbating the global extinction…
If poachers and wildlife trafficking networks operate like international criminal syndicates, why not treat them that way? That’s one approach outlined in a bill reintroduced in Congress today designed to bolster efforts to use whistleblower rewards to stop wildlife crime.  The bill aims to address problems with existing wildlife whistleblower programs that were identified in May by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It expands on existing whistleblower provisions and calls for new rules and the…
Much of the $234 billion laundered through the Danske Bank started in Russia and ended in the U.S, as dollars, a whistleblower told the European Parliament in November. Now, a growing number of U.S. investigators want to know more. Last week, the heads of two congressional committees asked Deutsche Bank for information related to its lending practices and its role in a series of money laundering scandals, according to several news reports. Federal agencies…