The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring July 30, 2016, to be National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. On this day, all federal agencies are encouraged to tell all “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United States to ‘blow the whistle’ by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, or other crimes to the appropriate authorities.”
Also recognized in Senate Resolution 522 are all the contributions made by whistleblowers, often done at great personal risk and sacrifice. It is right that, on this day, we take time to remember the courageous men and women who help make our society more just and honest.
Why July 30? Because on that day, while our fledgling country was involved in a fight for our independence, the Continental Congress passed our first whistleblower law in 1778. It seems that two whistleblowers who uncovered wrongdoing by the top U.S. naval official were being prosecuted in Rhode Island, so our government acted. Money that could barely be spared by the new country’s treasury was put up to make sure that lawyers were provided to the whistleblowers. Our new government also voted to make available all the naval documents that supported the whistleblowers’ allegations, passing a law that said in part: “It is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
Senator Chuck Grassley introduced the 2016 resolution, which was co-sponsored by all senators who are members of the Senate’s Whistleblower Protection Caucus. Sen. Grassley commented, “With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”
Along with those who serve in the Senate, we ask U.S. citizens to honor National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. Whistleblowers have endured many sacrifices to shine a light on the frauds that steal your tax dollars. Perhaps Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, put it best: “The resolution demonstrates that whistleblowers are key to government accountability, and rest at the very heart of the American democratic tradition.”
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If you think you have the facts needed to bring a whistleblower case, the experienced whistleblower attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm can review your case and help you file the appropriate disclosure statement. Under some circumstances, the government will intervene, or join in your lawsuit.
Your chances of succeeding are greater if your whistleblower claim is substantive, clear, and to the point. Because of this, meeting with a qualified whistleblower attorney can increase your chances of winning. The Louthian Law Firm can help you form your claim so that the government will be more inclined to intervene in your case; government intervention can sometimes increase the chances of recovering reward money. Even if the government decides not to intervene, it could still be a good idea to pursue your case without government involvement. Our strong support system can assist you through every step of the process.