For a year now, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reviewed the ways that Congress communicated with federal whistleblowers and handled their information. And at the beginning of May, the GAO finally released the updates they plan to make so that they can better protect whistleblowers.
The name Julian Assange is in the news once again. He is most well-known for founding WikiLeaks, which exposes human rights violations and corruption worldwide. Many of the news stories about Assange and his recent arrest refer to him as a whistleblower.
When a whistleblower decides to voice their concerns, they take a great risk with the hope that they can benefit and protect others. Unfortunately, things do not always turn out how they plan.
The Government Accountability Project published a timeline of whistleblowers throughout the United States history. The timeline dates back to 1773, setting up a long history of whistleblowing—before the term “whistleblowing” even existed.
The world of business is filled with secrets. Companies go to great lengths to protect their intellectual property, trade secrets and specific processes, so they can maintain the edge they need to succeed.
It is against both state and federal laws for an employer to retaliate against a whistleblower. Unfortunately, it is still prevalent.
After bringing to light a series of public safety threats, air marshal Robert Maclean was fired in March 2019 for the second time.
A lab research analyst who was ostracized and vilified after he blew the whistle on research fraud at Duke University Health Systems has been awarded $33.75 million as part of the university’s $112.5 million settlement with the government.
The ability of federal government workers to report any malfeasance they see is the integral part of the Whistleblower Protection Act. If workers are afraid of retaliation, then they won’t help the government perform effectively.
A recent report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, “Report to the Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse,” offers insights into who most often reports fraud, how they do it and whether they are effective.