Today marks the 100-day countdown to National Whistleblower Day, celebrated each year on July 30th.
National Whistleblower Day commemorates the passing of America’s first whistleblower law on July 30th, 1778. This visionary action, taken during the height of the American Revolution, stands as a testament to the importance of whistleblowing in U.S. history.
Each year since 2013, the Senate has passed a non-binding resolution marking July 30th as National Whistleblower Day. However, more needs to be done. Whistleblowers have played a critical role in upholding America democracy, and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse. They should be celebrated and recognized for doing so.
National Whistleblower Center is current pushing for Congress and President Trump to pass legislation that will permanently recognize July 30th as National Whistleblower Day.
“Our Founding Fathers recognized the importance of defending whistleblowers, and so should we. Whistleblowers have made great contributions throughout American history, and should be honored and celebrated for their bravery,” said Mary Jane Wilmoth, a whistleblower attorney and chief financial officer of the National Whistleblower Center.
Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn, has given a TEDx Talk on the incredible story behind America’s first whistleblower law which can be viewed here.