July 30th Is National Whistleblower Day

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Make National Whistleblower Day Permanent

Whistleblowers are urging President Biden to sign an executive order recognizing National Whistleblower Day.


It’s time that President Biden recognized whistleblowers, their contributions, and their storied history at the national level. We are urging him to sign an Executive Order mandating that all federal agencies recognize July 30th as National Whistleblower Day and that they take steps to inform their employees of their rights to blow the whistle, in addition to the contributions of past whistleblowers.

This is a grassroots campaign led by and for whistleblowers. Jane Turner leads the campaign along with Bunny Greenhouse, Fred Whitehurst, Aaron Westrick, and Sherron Watkins.

Breaking news: Senator Chuck Grassley has called upon President Biden to honor whistleblowers with a Rose Garden ceremony on National Whistleblower Day

Why It's Important

  • Honor our History – Protecting whistleblowers is in our country’s DNA. The first whistleblower law was signed by the Continental Congress in 1778. Since then, whistleblowers have become a pillar of keeping our democracy healthy. This campaign is being launched on March 2nd to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the False Claims Act, which remains one of the strongest whistleblower laws in the country.
  • Change the Culture – We can only root out fraud, corruption, and waste by addressing the culture that silences those trying to speak the truth. This executive order will require every government agency to highlight the tools and protections at every employees’ disposal to blow the whistle. It will also require every agency to acknowledge past whistleblowers.
  • Demand Justice and Respect – Whistleblowers have sacrificed their careers, health, and safety while exposing waste and returning billions of dollars to the U.S. Government. It’s past time that they are recognized.

Whistleblowers Leading the Campaign

Jane Turner

"We have to ensure that whistleblowers are able to speak without fear of retaliation or loss of career, and that necessitates a culture change. President Biden must send a powerful message concerning whistleblowers, whom he has already noted are critical in the fight against corruption and who are essential for national security. This can be done by making National Whistleblower Day permanent through a Presidential Directive. It is time for whistleblowers to receive the justice and recognition they deserve.”


FBI Whistleblower

National Whistleblower Day – Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins at the Podium

Sherron Watkins blew the whistle on financial fraud within Enron to the company's then-CEO. She went on to be labeled TIME magazine's person of the year alongside two other whistleblowers in 2002. Sherron continues to mentor other whistleblowers and advocate for better protections.


Enron Whistleblower

Frederic Whitehurst

Dr. Fred Whitehurst blew the whistle on misconduct within the FBI Crime Lab. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time.


FBI Whistleblower

Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse

Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse served as the highest-ranking civilian-contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers when she blew the whistle on a highly improper $7 billion no-bid contract to Halliburton for the repair of Iraqi oil fields following the 2003 invasion. Greenhouse’s disclosures resulted in major reforms prohibiting no-bid contracts.


Army Corps of Engineers Whistleblower

Dr. Aaron Westrick, a former research director for America’s largest body armor company, Second Chance Body Armor, blew the whistle on the production and sale of defective vests that were sold to police officers.


Law Enforcement Fraud Whistleblower


By joining the campaign, you’ll be asking your representatives and Congress to urge President Biden to sign the Executive Order recognizing whistleblowers.

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