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This year marks the 243rd 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.

National Whistleblower Day celebrates the people who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth.

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.

The Event

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 Senate has passed a resolution each year honoring National Whistleblower Day – It's time for the House of Representatives to ACT

Charles Grassley - Shaking Hands with Stephen M. Kohn

2021 Senate Resolution

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.

Senator Charles Grassley

“With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”

– Chuck Grassley, United States Senator (R)

Leaders Speak and Recognize National Whistleblower Day

The History of The First Whistleblower Law

Renowned whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn eloquently tells the story.

“Resolved, that it is the duty of all persons of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the service of these States, which may come to their knowledge.”

First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress

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