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Happy National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

August 31, 2018

Calling All Whistleblowers:  July 30 is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

Congress has declared Monday July 30, 2018 National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

The resolution is an inspiring account of the long history (since 1777!) of whistleblowing in the United States, the duty of every citizen to come forward if they know of fraud, and the purpose of the many laws protecting and encouraging whistleblowers.

H. RES. 977: Expressing support for the designation of July 30, 2018, as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”.

Expressing support for the designation of July 30, 2018, as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”.

Whereas, in 1777, before the passage of the Bill of Rights, 10 sailors and marines blew the whistle on misconduct that was harmful to the United States;

Whereas the Continental Congress unanimously supported the whistleblowers in words and deeds, including by releasing Government records and authorizing payment for legal expenses incurred by the whistleblowers incurred in defending against a retaliatory criminal libel lawsuit brought against them;

Whereas, on July 30, 1778, in demonstration of their full support for whistleblowers, the Members of the Continental Congress unanimously enacted the first whistleblower legislation in the United States that read: “Resolved, That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge”;

Whereas whistleblowers risk their careers, jobs, and reputations by reporting waste, fraud, and abuse to the proper authorities;

Whereas in providing the proper authorities with lawful disclosures, whistleblowers save the taxpayers of the United States billions of dollars each year and serve the public interest by ensuring that the United States remains an ethical and safe place; and

Whereas it is the public policy of the United States to encourage, in accordance with Federal law (including the Constitution of the United States, rules, and regulations) and consistent with the protection of classified information (including sources and methods of detection of classified information), honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, and other crimes to the appropriate authority at the earliest time possible: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House—

(1) designates “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”; and

(2) ensures that the Federal Government implements the intent of the Founding Fathers, as reflected in the legislation enacted on July 30, 1778, by encouraging each executive agency to recognize National Whistleblower Appreciation Day by—

(A) informing employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal right of a United States citizen to “blow the whistle” to the appropriate authority by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, or other crimes; and

(B) acknowledging the contributions of whistleblowers to combating waste, fraud, abuse, and violations of laws and regulations of the United States.

At our firm, we appreciate whistleblowers each and every day!

We thank you all for your vigilance and perseverance. And, we thank you for the risks you take, and for the privilege of representing you.

You inspire us.

Together let’s keep up the good fight!