A Senate Resolution sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden designating July 30, 2014, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day has passed the Senate.
The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law enacted on July 30, 1778.
The records of the Continental Congress show that the original resolution stated, “Resolved that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States … to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the services of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
According to Grassley, special interests continue to try to undermine whistleblower protections and the False Claims Act, despite their successes.
The False Claims Act has helped recover taxpayer money to tune of tens of billions of dollars that would otherwise have been lost to fraud.
National Whistleblower Appreciation Day helps salute those who have stuck their necks out to identify waste, fraud and abuse despite the odds that there would likely be difficult days ahead.