National Whistleblower Day is an annual celebration commemorating the contributions of whistleblowers around the world who have bravely stepped forward to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.
This year marked the 244th anniversary of America’s first whistleblower law, passed on July 30th, 1778 during the height of the American Revolution. The law was passed after ten whistleblowers reported wrongdoing and abuses committed by a superior officer in the Continental Navy.
To honor this history, the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015. Every year since, the National Whistleblower Center has held an event to celebrate whistleblowers.
In 2021 we hosted the largest National Whistleblower Day celebration ever. We received nearly 10,000 attendees and hosted experts from across sectors and around the world. We recognized over 100 whistleblowers and directly heard from high profile whistleblowers who raised concerns in the financial industry, in the federal government, and even in the tech industry. Our event truly demonstrated that whistleblowers change the world, and that whistleblower issues are important to the public and elected officials.
For Giving Tuesday 2021, National Whistleblower Center and Whistleblower Network News are proud to express our gratitude for your support for whistleblowers and thank our thousands of attendees by making our robust 2021 programming available here.
Now is the time to take action and urge both President Biden and Congress to permanently designate July 30th as National Whistleblower Day. By requiring every department in the federal government to publicly acknowledge the importance of whistleblowers on July 30th, the President and Congress could take a key step towards a more transparent future.
Speakers include Senators Grassley and Wyden, Representatives Speier and Rice, SEC Chair Gary Gensler, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and countless other activists, whistleblowers, experts, and government officials. Join us in celebrating the unsung heroes of society.
The United States Senate has officially passed a resolution designating July 30, 2021, as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” This action marks the eighth year Senate has called upon federal agencies to recognize whistleblowers for their contributions to “combating waste, fraud, abuse, and violations of laws and regulations of the United States.
– Chuck Grassley, United States Senator (R)
Renowned whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn eloquently tells the story.
– First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress