President Donald Trump and Congressional GOP leaders are now aiming to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act, and the SEC’s whistleblower program along with it. The SEC’s program, the Office of the Whistleblower, is without question one of the most effective whistleblower programs in the country.
In a memo, Chairman Jeb Hensarling of the House Financial Services Committee announced his intention to cut down major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act. The leaked memo specifically recommends that Congress re-define who can blow the whistle in a manner that will gut the law.. This comes on the back of President Trump ordering the Treasury Department to review the law, also with an eye toward dismantling it.
Take action now to demand Congress and the President protect the SEC Whistleblower Office and support accountability for corporations.
Two courageous whistleblowers stood up to a corrupt corporation and exposed how they helped U.S. millionaires and billionaires illegally evade taxes. These whistleblowers won a hard fought victory in Tax Court. The Court ruled that individuals who report criminal violations of tax law will be awarded under the IRS whistleblower program. In a jaw dropping decision the Treasury Department is considering appealing to the U.S. District Court of Appeals and are threatening to appeal the decision to a higher court. The Treasury Department is arguing that whistleblowers are only protected and rewarded when they turn in violations resulting in civil or administrative penalties (i.e. the smaller cases). But whistleblowers who turn in criminal tax fraud resulting in criminal penalties get no protection and no reward!
We must stop this now. These whistleblowers recovered millions for the American people. They held a Big Corporation accountable as wellas millionaires and billionaires trying to evade taxes. They need our support NOW.
Please sign this Action Alert and tell Congress and the Treasury Department to hold criminal tax cheats accountable and protect whistleblowers!
P.S. Make sure to include all of the suggested recipients in order to ensure your message is heard by the Senate Finance Committee.
This past week, the House and Senate passed a modified version of the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. This bill fixes one of the worst dysfunctions of the FBI whistleblower protection system. Under current regulations, FBI whistleblowers are required to report wrongdoing to the highest-ranking official at their job site. Under this system, there are only nine “designated officials” to whom whistleblowers can report. Not only is this impractical, it contradicts FBI chain of command and protocol. As a result, many FBI whistleblowers have been denied legal protection, simply because they reported problems directly to their supervisor.
Pending President Obama’s signature on the new bill, that problem will be fixed.
Thank the House and the Senate for working in a bipartisan manner to fix the FBI whistleblower protection system and urge them to do more to protect FBI whistleblowers in the future.
On December 1st, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to consider H.R. 5499, the Agency Accountability Act. If this bill were to go forward as written, it would destroy all modern whistleblower laws, leaving fraud and corruption to skyrocket unchecked. Committee Democrats invited National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn to testify and explain that importance of protecting these laws. His written testimony is linked here.
Fortunately, Committee members were quick to agree with Kohn’s concerns. Subcommittee Chairmen Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) immediately promised a “friendly amendment” to the bill to ensure that whistleblowers would be protected. Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), the bill’s author, also concurred that whistleblowers would be protected.
We need to ensure the Committee follows through on its promise.
Take Action! urge your Members of Congress to support whistleblowers and vote to pass the Whistleblower Day Resolution introduced into the U.S. Senate by Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden.
From bad brakes to deadly airbags, thousands of Americans have been injured or died as a result of the misconduct of the auto industry and their cover-ups of safety flaws.
The Chamber of Commerce, the biggest corporate lobby in the world, is targeting one of the oldest and best whistleblower laws, the False Claims Act. We need your help to defend the False Claims Act from corporate takeover.
S. 2390, the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act is set to fix the FBI’s completely dysfunctional whistleblower protection program. We need your support to make sure it passes!
We need the WARN Act to protect whistleblowers from Wall Street and help us get the information we need to hold big banks accountable.
Millionaires and Billionaires cheat on their taxes by hiding their wealth in secret bank accounts. Governments spy on their citizens and lie to cover it up. Defense contractors steal money from taxpayers and endanger our troops in the process.
And they keep getting away with it. Why? Because no matter how hard we try to root out corruption from the outside, it will always be possible to hide fraud behind closed doors.
Sign our petition to send a strong message to the President and Congress that you support National Whistleblower Day.
Urge Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service to Establish a Whistleblower Office.
Wildlife whistleblowers need to be informed of their rights and need to know that when they risk their lives and jobs to report illegal trafficking they will be protected and rewarded.
Tell your Senator to pass the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act. This bill will protect employees who report criminal violations of antitrust laws, internally or to the Federal Government, from retaliation.
Ask Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day recognizing the Continental Congress’ historic resolution supporting whistleblowers!
Tell your representative to not fall for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s misinformation on False Claims Act reform. Protect America’s most important tool to uncover and punish fraud.
Ask Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Protection Law that protects all Americans who lawfully disclose waste and fraud in government spending, violations of law, or threats to the public health and safety.