The National Whistleblower Center is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1988 with the stated purpose of assisting whistleblowers in publically exposing fraud and helping defend them from whistleblower retaliation. It assists employee whistleblowers seeking to enforce environmental laws, civil rights, and other government regulations. The National Whistleblower Center also attempts to improve government accountability by documenting and publicizing abuses of authority by government agencies.

The National Whistleblower Center has been involved in a number of important issues involving government accountability and whistleblower protection. These include documenting flaws in the FBI’s counterterrorism program, assisting in the recovery of millions of dollars from corrupt government contractors, and ensuring that the Defense Department informs military whistleblowers of their rights. The Center’s other projects include educating the public about whistleblower statutes and the rights and protections afforded to employee whistleblowers, and attorney referral services for whistleblowers that require legal assistance. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is not affiliated with the National Whistleblower Center and, instead, on its own, counsels and represents whistleblowers in lawsuits and helps them investigate their claims.

False Claims Act

The False Claims Act is a law that prohibits committing fraud against and making false claims to the federal government. One of its provisions allows federal whistleblowers to file lawsuits against those committing fraud on behalf of the government. These suits, called qui tam lawsuits, are an important means of protecting the government and American taxpayers from fraud. In a qui tam lawsuit, the individual filing the suit may be given as much as 30% of the damages awarded to the government as a reward. In 2008 alone, whistleblowers received $198 million for filing suits on behalf of the government under the False Claims Act.

Whistleblower Lawsuit Evaluation

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Published November 17, 2011 by