Without information provided by those working on the front lines within the sprawling federal bureaucracy, it would be virtually impossible to uncover all the places where tax dollars are squandered or when self-interest trumps the public interest. As a longtime champion for advancing whistleblower protections, I work to plow through an entrenched bureaucratic mindset that treats whistleblowers like skunks at a Sunday afternoon picnic. Indeed, the bureaucracy gets pretty creative at muzzling truth-tellers by delaying and denying their due process. In March I conducted a congressional hearing to examine retaliation of whistleblowers at the FBI. Incredibly, an independent Government Accountability Office report found it took the FBI between 8 to 10.6 years to close some cases brought by whistleblowers in the agency. That’s one way to silence the truth. The FBI is the nation’s premiere law enforcement agency. That doesn’t let it off the hook from following the rule of law. Unfortunately, the FBI falls far short of basic legal protections for its employees who report wrongdoing. Whistleblowers provide a valuable public service by helping to expose and deter waste, fraud and mismanagement. Securing fundamental protections for whistleblowers will help uphold the highest standards of integrity and ethics for good government. Keeping my nose to the grindstone, I work to let whistleblowers know that I’ve got their backs.
Nolan Auerbach & White encourages healthcare whistleblowers with inside information of fraud, to contact us in confidence. The False Claims Act owes its success to these courageous individuals.