Protecting Those Who Blow the Whistle on Government Wrongdoing
- Whistleblower disclosures promote an effective and efficient civil service and benefit the public interest by “assisting in the elimination of fraud, waste, abuse, and unnecessary Government expenditures.”
- Whistleblowers play a critical role in the government, promoting government accountability and reform while curtailing abuses.
- Numerous laws provide whistleblowers in the public and private sectors with important protections, including more than one-hundred federal laws that include either a whistleblower-related or retaliation-prohibition provision. Among them are two key laws, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA), which specifically protect whistleblowers who are federal employees. Additional legislation has extended whistleblower protections to federal contractors and grantees.
David K. Colapinto
Founder and General Counsel
National Whistleblower Center
The Honorable Glenn A. Fine
Principal Deputy Inspector General
Department of Defense
Director of Public Policy
Project on Governemnt Oversight
The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz
U.S. Department of Justice
Resident Senior Fellow
National Security and Cybersecurity, R Street Institute