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Advocates Mark 30 Years of the Whistleblower Protection Act, Cite Need for Reform

April 10, 2019

The Project On Government Oversight has advocated for federal whistleblower reforms for almost forty years, fighting to preserve the right of whistleblowers to expose government waste, fraud, and abuse, while also fighting for retaliation protections for those who come forward. For years, we’ve helped to lead the Make It Safe Coalition (MISC), a group of […]



Whistleblowers Awarded $50 Million by SEC in JPMorgan Case

March 26, 2019

Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission agreed to pay a total of $50 million to a pair of whistleblowers who provided information that helped the agency win a $267 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over claims that the bank failed to inform wealthy clients of conflicts of interest in managing their money. One […]


Duke University pays $112.5 million in fake research case sparked by whistleblower

March 25, 2019

(Reuters) – Duke University agreed to pay $112.5 million to settle claims by a whistleblower that a former research technician knowingly submitted fake data in applications for federal research grants, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday. The accord resolves claims by a former Duke laboratory research analyst who said the Durham, North Carolina-based […]


MedStar Health to Pay $35M to Settle Alleged Violations of False Claims Act

March 22, 2019

MedStar Health agreed to pay the United States government $35 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act. MedStar Health allegedly paid kickbacks to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates (MACVA) under the guise of professional services agreements. In exchange, it will receive referrals to Union Memorial and Franklin Square Hospitals […]


Understanding the SEC Whistleblower Program

March 21, 2019

In 2010, Congress realized they had to take significant action in response to the rise in corporate scandalsthat had caused irreparable harm to so many companies and individuals. As a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created the SEC Whistleblower Program – a program that […]


SCOTUS Appears Open to Longer False Claims Filing Rule (1)

March 19, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court justices during oral arguments March 19 seemed receptive to a whistleblower-friendly standard for filing a timely False Claims Act complaint. The justices’ questions indicated that allowing a whistleblower to rely on a three-year filing period, even when the government doesn’t intervene in a case, satisfies the FCA’s text. When addressing whether such […]


IRS Reports Record $312 Million In Whistleblower Bounties

March 18, 2019

In February, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its FY 2018 Annual Report and announced a record-breaking year for the agency’s whistleblower program.  Overall, whistleblowers provided information that contributed to the agency’s recovery of over $1.44 billion during the course of the year.  As a result, the IRS awarded $312 million in bounty awards to whistleblowers in FY2018, an […]


“It Kept Failing”: Whistleblower Erika Cheung on Working at Theranos

March 16, 2019

On Monday, March 18, HBO will air the documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley about the stunning rise and dramatic fall of the Silicon Valley healthcare company Theranos. The documentary will no doubt be avidly watched by those around the world who even casually followed the tale of founder Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who […]


CHS made false meaningful use claims, whistleblowers say

March 15, 2019

Whistleblowers allege Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems submitted hundreds of millions of dollars in false claims to HHS for federal incentive payments through CMS’ promoting interoperability program for EHRs, according to court documents unsealed March 14 in Miami. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges CHS filed false claims under the program, receiving more than $450 […]


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