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Entries from January 2008

President Signs into Law New Whistleblower Protections for Employees of Defense Contractors

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

TweetOn January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986), which includes a provision protecting employees of defense contractors who blow the whistle on contracting fraud. Section 846 amends 10 U.S.C. ยง 2409 to protect employees who disclose to Congress, an Inspector General, the Government […]

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Fifth Circuit Decision Clarifies the Scope of Protected Conduct Under SOX

January 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

TweetOn January 22, 2008, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion providing significant guidance about the parameters of protected conduct under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. See Allen v. Administrative Review Board, No. 06-60849 (5th Cir. Jan. 22, 2008). Affirming the ARB’s decision that the plaintiff did not engage in protected conduct, the Fifth Circuit […]

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New Bill Protects Whistleblower Disclosures to Congress

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

TweetToday Rep. Wynn introduced the Congressional Disclosures Act (HR 4650), which would protect federal employees and employees of government contractors who disclose information to a Member of Congress or a Congressional Committee concerning a violation of any law, gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger […]

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NJ Adopts False Claims Act

January 14th, 2008 · No Comments

TweetToday New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed into law the New Jersey False Claims Act, which is similar to the federal False Claims Act. New Jersey is the 17th state to adopt a False Claims Act. The New Jersey False Claims Act closes a loophole that the D.C. Circuit read into the federal False Claims […]

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President Signs Legislation Amending FOIA

January 6th, 2008 · No Comments

TweetOn December 31, 2007, President Bush signed into law the “Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007,” which amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by providing an online mechanism for FOIA requesters to track their requests; establishes an ombudsman program to resolve FOIA disputes; imposes penalties for failure to comply with […]

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IRS Issues Guidelines for Whistleblowers Reporting Tax Fraud

January 1st, 2008 · No Comments

TweetThe Internal Revenue Service released new guidelines for whistleblowers to report tax fraud and possibly claim a reward based on the amount of additional tax, penalties and interest that is owed. Under the new procedures, the award for reporting tax fraud ranges from 15% to 30% of the collected proceeds. To be eligible for an […]

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Tags: Reporting Tax Fraud