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Senator Charles Grassley Speaking at National Whistleblower Day 2021

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Chuck Grassley was first elected to the Iowa state legislature in 1958 and served there until Iowans sent him to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. In 1980, Grassley was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he’s developed a reputation for bipartisanship and pragmatism. This approach to legislating consistently earns Grassley high marks as one of the Senate’s most effective and collaborative lawmakers. In each post, serving Iowans has always been Grassley’s guiding light and primary objective. Over the course of his time in Congress, Senator Grassley has led the effort to protect and empower whistleblowers through strong legislation meant to encourage whistleblowing and protect prevent whistleblowers from retaliation. He is also a founding member and current Chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Ron Wyden began his political career in Congress in 1981 as a representative and became Senator in a 1996 special election. He serves on Wyden serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources.  He is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is a founding member and Co-Chair for the Senate Whistleblower Caucus. Wyden has shown strong support for whistleblowers throughout his time as a legislator. He sponsored several bills advancing the rights of whistleblowers, including the COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection Act, which aimed to increase whistleblower protections for people who blew the whistle on misuse of government funds, intended to be used for relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. Wyden has also supported Senate resolutions designating July 30th as National Whistleblower Day to honor the first whistleblower law passed in the U.S. on July 30th, 1778. Recently, he secured new protections for the intelligence community whistleblowers for the 2025 Intelligence Authorization Act. 

John Hinman

John Hinman

Director, IRS Whistleblower Office

John Hinman is the Director of the IRS Whistleblower Office. The Whistleblower Office was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 and works to provide fair treatment for whistleblowers and taxpayers, and to support IRS efforts to apply tax laws with integrity and fairness. The program has offered monetary awards to whistleblowers who voluntarily expose tax law violations. Overall, the IRS has awarded whistleblowers over $1 billion based on the collection of over $6 billion in back taxes, interest, penalties, and criminal fines and sanctions.

Brian Young CFTC

Brian Young

Director, CFTC Whistleblower Office

Director of the CFTC Whistleblower Office, Brian Young comes to the CFTC from the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was the acting director of litigation for the Antitrust Division. He oversaw criminal prosecutions brought under the Sherman Act as well as civil merger and antitrust conduct litigation. Prior to this, he served for 11 years in various roles in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, culminating to his appointment as chief of the Fraud Section’s Litigation Unit, where he helped oversee the litigation activity of approximately 150 white-collar prosecutors. Brian has extensive experience as a derivatives and commodities fraud trial specialist who has tried several of the most significant white-collar crime matters in the past decade. In addition, he supervised and prosecuted public corruption, defense procurement, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. Brian began his career at the DOJ as an Attorney General’s Honors Program Attorney in the Fraud Section of the Civil Division, where he prosecuted violations of the civil False Claims Act, many of which were whistleblower initiated. His practice focused on fraud within federal healthcare and defense programs.

Hampton Dellinger

Hampton Dellinger

Head, Office of Special Counsel

Hampton Dellinger is the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Mr. Dellinger graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale Law School. After being confirmed by the Senate in October 2021, Mr. Dellinger served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as an Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Office of Legal Policy. In both government and private practice, Mr. Dellinger has represented whistleblowers and other clients challenging government activities, and is an experienced litigator and legal advocate.  Mr. Dellinger is also a former Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice and served as Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the North Carolina Governor.  His work there included investigations into Medicaid fraud and political corruption.

Lindsey Gulden

Lindsey Gulden

ExxonMobil Whistleblower

Lindsey Gulden is a data scientist formerly employed by ExxonMobil. In 2019, together with a colleague, she blew the whistle on ExxonMobil’s fraudulent $10-billion overvaluation of an oil and gas asset in the Permian Basin. Rather than correct the fraud, ExxonMobil fired both Lindsey and her colleague in 2020. With the support of the National Whistleblower Center and their attorney, Neil Henrichsen, Lindsey and her colleague filed a complaint with the US Department of Labor (DOL) alleging illegal retaliation under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). After a lengthy, thorough investigation, the DOL found probable cause that ExxonMobil had violated SOX in the firings. A trained climate scientist, Lindsey is currently working to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate disinformation.

Ed Pierson

Ed Pierson

Executive Director, Foundation for Aviation Safety

Ed Pierson is the Executive Director of The Foundation for Aviation Safety, a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about critical issues involving aviation safety.

Mr. Pierson served as a Senior Manager at Boeing’s Renton, Washington 737 factory overseeing teams that supported the manufacturing of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplanes. In this capacity he led the Industrial Engineering and Shipside teams in final assembly, and the P-8 Poseidon Shipside team.

Prior to working at the 737 factory, Mr. Pierson spent five years as a Senior Flight Operations Manager within Boeing’s Flight Test and Evaluation division, where he had responsibility for flight test scheduling, flight dispatch, and tower operations. He served 30 years in the military in a combination of active and reserve roles.

Captain Pierson held several leadership positions in the Navy including Squadron Commanding Officer, Operations Center Director, Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Air Operations Officer, and Leadership & Ethics Instructor.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, George Mason University, and Navy Flight School.

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