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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.
"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.”
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.
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.
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