Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules is holding a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact existing whistleblower reward laws.  Continue Reading

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

New Edition of “Top Ten” Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

Internationally recognized whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs to know. The PEN Center USA* chose The Whistleblower’s Handbook as one of “The Top Ten Books About Whistleblowers.” The highly acclaimed guide to blowing the whistle is the only consumer resource book named to the list. Continue Reading

JPMorgan Chase Pays $264 Million in Sanctions for Bribing Foreign Government Officials

JPMorgan Chase Pays $264 Million in Sanctions for Bribing Foreign Government Officials

Financial services giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $264 million in sanctions resulting from the firm’s referral hiring practices in the Asia-Pacific region.  This agreement settles SEC charges that JPMorgan Chase won business from clients and corruptly influenced government officials by giving jobs and internships to their relatives and friends in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Continue Reading

SEC: Incentives for Whistleblowers Best Way to Uncover Securities Law Violations

SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal Whistleblowing

Washington, DC, November 16, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program had its most successful year to date in 2016. The agency, which issued its annual report to Congress today, reports it issued awards totaling over $57 million in 2016—higher than all award amounts issued in previous years combined. The Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) received over 4,200 tips this year, which is a more than 40 percent increase in whistleblower tips since 2012. In addition, the SEC took action in its first ever stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case. Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons who disclose information about wildlife crimes. The success of these laws has been profound, strengthening the ability of the government to detect and prosecute crime. In total, whistleblower rewards laws have resulted in over $50 billion in fines and penalties and over $3.5 billion in compensation to whistleblowers.  Continue Reading

Whistleblower Awarded $20 Million for Assisting in Recovery of Investor Funds

Whistleblower Awarded $20 Million for Assisting in Recovery of Investors Funds

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) handed out its third largest whistleblower award yesterday. The whistleblower was awarded $20 million for coming forward promptly with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could squander the money. Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board September-October 2016


The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to April 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter: Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List September-October 2016

Chief Office of the Whistleblower Jane Norberg

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.

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Former FBI Whistleblower Appeals to Iowa Voters to Re-elect Sen. Chuck Grassley

Former FBI Whistleblower Appeals to Iowa Voters to Re-elect Chuck Grassley

The television ad below features former FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner, who is supporting U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s re-election bid to serve his seventh term in the U.S. Senate.  The ad is being shown on television in Iowa, Grassley’s home state, and promoted on social media as part of the campaign. Continue Reading

Qui Tam Whistleblower Rewards Paid October 2016


In October the Department of Justice announced settlements of  cases that were brought under the qui tam or whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act (FCA). The “qui tam” provision allows private citizens to file lawsuits alleging false claims on behalf of the government.  If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower is eligible to receive a share of monies recovered. The settlements below resolved allegations originally brought by whistleblowers using this provision. Continue Reading