Current Actions

  • Urge the Senate to Pass the National Whistleblower Day Resolution!

    National Whistleblower Day celebrates the courage of whistleblowers, the sacrifices they make for the truth, and the profound impact their courage has in defending the public good.

    For the past four years, the Senate has demonstrated its strong support of whistleblowers by unanimously passing annual resolutions naming July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.  Because of the partisan fever pitch on Capitol Hill today, this is the first year this critical acknowledgment of whistleblowers is in jeopardy.  

    If the Senate does not pass the National Whistleblower Appreciation Day resolution, it will be a major setback in the fight to protect whistleblowers. The Senate must take special care to pass this resolution; it will send a message that our government appreciates the sacrifices of the whistleblowers and the billions of dollars and lives they have saved.

    Unanimous National Whistleblower Appreciation Day resolutions have been the foremost sign of public support for whistleblowers. It is the beginning of a badly needed shift, away from a toxic culture of silence and intimidation, towards real accountability.

    Please act now to insist the U.S. Senate support whistleblowers!

  • Stand up for Whistleblowers

    At the 2016 celebration of National Whistleblower Day, former FBI Director James Comey recognized the crucial role whistleblowers play in holding the government accountable to the people. His words remind us of our duty as citizens to report illegal activities and support those who have the courage to stand up.

    The National Whistleblower Day ceremony commemorates America’s first whistleblower law, passed unanimously by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. Our Founding Fathers proclaimed that it was the “duty of all persons in the service of United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any persons . . . which may come to their knowledge.”

    The need for all Ameicans to stand up to corruption remains true today. Even during the height of the Revolution, Congress enacted laws protecting whistleblowers (and allocated money to defend them). We must follow follow in their footsteps and STAND UP for whistleblowers! 

    Listen to Former Director Comey's Whistleblower Day speech.

    Take Action to Support Whistleblowers! 

  • Support Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers

    Those who try to speak out against the illegal wildlife trade often risk their lives with no safe, confidential, or effective way to report wildlife crime to authorities. Yet whistleblowers are the most powerful tool we have in stopping the illegal destruction of rainforests, wildlife trafficking, and illegal fishing practices.

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    Major U.S. wildlife laws (including the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act and, and many others) require U.S. government agencies to protect whistleblowers who report wildlife trafficking and other wildlife crimes. However, these agencies have failed to implement a whistleblower program for over thirty years.

    Please sign our letter to send an urgent message to the U.S. Secretaries of Interior, Commerce, Treasury, and Agriculture, and the President, asking them to protect and reward wildlife crime whistleblowers.

  • Support the IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act

    Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden have introduced S. 762 IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017.

    In 2006, Senator Grassley reformed the IRS whistleblower program, making it the successful program we recognize today. Since those improvements, the program has recovered more than $3 billion in taxes that otherwise would have been lost to fraud.

    The program has proven itself a resounding success. Even so, the IRS has left many whistleblowers in the dark while working on their cases, and tax fraud whistleblowers still lacked any protections for when their employer retaliates against them for reporting. The IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act sets out to fix that and make the program stronger and fairer to whistleblowers.

    Far too often millionaires and billionaires and international banks get away with cheating on their taxes. Whistleblowers are ready to do the patriotic and ensure a fair and effective tax system, but we all have to support  them and ensure they are treated fairly.

    Take action now to tell your representatives to support this bill!

  • Protect the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program from being Gutted

    The House of Representatives will vote TODAY on the Financial CHOICE Act, a bill set up to repeal major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Financial CHOICE Act specifically targets Wall Street whistleblowers. The stakes here are incredibly high. The Securities and Exchange Commission is the prime Wall Street watchdog and its whistleblower program is the most effective tool to uncover and prosecute violations of securities law.
    If we lose this program Wall Street fraud and corruption will run unleashed. This disastrous bill is headed for a vote on the floor today!
    We need you to urge your Representative in the House to vote against the Financial CHOICE Act due to its toxic anti-whistleblower policies, and to urge your Senators to remove Section 828 if it is passed in the House.
    To understand this issue in greater depth, please read NWC Executive Director Stephen Kohn’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee here (the testimony refers to section 823 of the discussion draft, this section was changed to section 828 in the currrent version of the Financial CHOICE Act).
    Take action! Demand Congress protect the SEC Whistleblower Office and support holding corporations accountable.
  • Major Tax Whistleblower Ruling at Risk – Immediate Action Needed!

    Two courageous whistleblowers recently exposed major corruption within a Swiss Bank that helped U.S. millionaires and billionaires illegally evade taxes. These whistleblowers won a hard-fought victory in Tax Court, establishing a landmark precedent for holding corporations accountable for unethical practices. The Court ruled that individuals who report criminal violations of tax law will be protected and awarded under the IRS whistleblower program. This ruling significantly strengthens the IRS whistleblower program, and our country's ability to enforce a fair and just tax system.

    However, the Treasury Department has been resisting this progress, arguing that the program only covers whistleblowers when they turn in violations resulting in civil or administrative penalties (i.e. the smaller cases); while those turning in criminal tax fraud receive no protection and no reward!

    Now this decision lies in the hands of the Trump administration's nominee for Solicitor General, Noel Francisco. Francisco has not yet been confirmed for the role, but once he assumes the office, the final decision will fall to him.

    We need to send a message right now that the American people stand behind all whistleblowers and we demand corporate criminals be brought to justice and pay their fair share towards the wellbeing of our society.

    Please tell Congress and the Treasury Department to hold criminal tax cheats accountable and protect whistleblowers!

  • Declare July 30th National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

    Ask Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day recognizing the Continental Congress’ historic resolution supporting whistleblowers!

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