Current Actions

  • Take Action! Demand the SEC Extend the Public Comment Period for Rule Changes Undermining its Whistleblower Program!

    On June 29, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced proposed amendments that will undermine its successful whistleblower program. 

    The SEC proposed these changes with no input from the whistleblower community, yet adopted a position consistent with the long-standing and flimsy viewpoint advanced by the anti-whistleblower U. S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”). 

    The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documents related to lobbying efforts by Wall Street firms and the Chamber of Commerce that gave rise to the SEC’s proposed rules. The SEC determined that the NWC had a “compelling need” to receive these documents “on an expedited basis” and determined that there were 15,877 emails that could be responsive to NWC’s request. These included 1,078 emails that referenced both “whistleblower” and “Chamber of Commerce” created between January 2, 2017 and June 29, 2018.

    Despite its agreement to expedite the release of these documents, the SEC will not release them until after the comment period. September 17, 2018, the NWC formally requested the SEC to extend the public comment period for proposed changes until 60 days after the SEC produces these 15,877 emails and other documents it identified in response to NWC's FOIA request. 

    We need your help! Please click the Take Action button to send a letter to the SEC demanding that it to extend the comment period for the proposed rules.

    The American public has a right to complete transparency to evaluate the proposed rule changes. 

    • Demand the SEC release all communications with special interest groups regarding the proposed rule changes to its Whistleblower Program;

    • Demand the SEC extend the public comment period the SEC Whistleblower Program rules for 60 days after the information is released;

    • Support the concerns raised in the NWC’s letter filed with the Commission on September 17, 2018, linked here: https://bit.ly/2xqGUts.

     Take Action to submit your demands directly to the SEC!

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  • Take Action! Demand the SEC Withdraw the Proposed Rule Amendments to the SEC Whistleblower Program

    On June 29, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced proposed amendments that will undermine the rules governing its successful whistleblower program. The proposed rules will allow large corporate fraud to go unreported. 

    “The proposed rule amendments remove the incentive for high level corporate executives to risk losing their careers by blowing the whistle on large corporate fraud,” said Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of National Whistleblower Center.

    The proposed rules have caused uproar in the whistleblower community where they were met with swift criticism. SEC Commissioners Stein and Jackson also issued public statements opposing the proposed rule amendments.

    “At the end of the day, an effective anti-corruption program can work only if telling the truth and reporting frauds is more profitable then committing the crimes. The proposed rule ignores this reality. It disincentives the most important potential whistleblowers in the securities industry and takes away the Commission’s best advertisement for promoting honesty in the markets,” said Kohn, in an Op-ed published by Law 360.

    The SEC is seeking public comments on its proposed rule amendments. Please act now by submitting a comment to urge the SEC to withdraw it's proposal to cap the rate of rewards and reduce rewards in large fraud cases  and uphold the intent of Congress to incentivize whistleblowers as a weapon against large corporate fraud.  Instead the Commission must use the rulemaking to ensure that rewards are timely paid and that all restrictions on employees directly filing claims with the SEC are removed.

    Please join with the NWC and take action on this critical issue.

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  • Urge Your Representatives to Support Legislation That Combats Wildlife Trafficking!

    On May 8, 2018, Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK), leading members of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced a groundbreaking anti-wildlife trafficking bill which will revolutionize the ability of law enforcement to prosecute traffickers. This is the most powerful anti-wildlife trafficking bill of our generation.

     

    TAKE ACTION: Support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018!

     

     

    Here are some reasons why we need your voice to support this groundbreaking law:

    • It creates strong incentives for whistleblowers around the world to report trafficking crimes.
    • It enhances the laws that can be used to prosecute wildlife traffickers and makes wildlife trafficking a violation under powerful organized crime statutes.
    • It mandates that all of the fines and penalties collected from successful prosecutions be used for wildlife conservation efforts worldwide.

     

    This is the perfect storm for accountability: enhanced detection, enhanced prosecution, and using monies from the criminals to protect wildlife, at no cost to the taxpayer.

     

    Urge your Representatives to support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018, a powerful piece of legislation that will close the gaps in our enforcement of wildlife trafficking.

  • Urge U.S. Federal Agencies To Recognize National Whistleblower Day!

    The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to recognize July 30, 2018 as "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day."  

    240 years ago, on July 30th, 1778, our Founding Fathers unanimously passed America's first whistleblower protection law. This visionary action, taken during the height of the American Revolution, stands today as a testament to the importance of whistleblowing in our history. This is a day that should be remembered and celebrated.

    TAKE ACTION: Urge U.S. federal agencies to formally recognize July 30th as National Whistleblower Day! Urge Trump to pass an executive order permanently establishing National Whistleblower Day!

    We must remember how our Founding Fathers stood up to defend whistleblowers, and demand that our current leaders follow this tradition—to support and honor the sacrifices whistleblowers have endured, and ensure that our nation's laws protect these heroes.

    Click here to learn more about the history of the first U.S. whistleblower law from National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn.

    Click here to read the Whistleblower Law of 1778.

    Click here to donate to National Whistleblower Center, and thank you for your support!

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