On November 29, whistleblower advocacy group the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) published its Annual Report for 2022. The report covers the organization’s accomplishments and priorities throughout the year and features whistleblowers like Peace Corps whistleblower Sara Thompson and Cdr. Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.
The report highlights NWC’s National Whistleblower Day programming, which spanned three days in July and included 12 panels that “racked up over 300 watch hours.” To commemorate National Whistleblower Day 2022, WNN published a six-part series featuring 30 whistleblowers called “Whistleblower Voices.” NWC’s report also mentions that “[o]ver 10 federal agencies recognized National Whistleblower Day,” and “[t]he Senate resolution received unanimous support.”
According to the report, in 2022 NWC “supported SEC rule amendments adopted in 2022, fixing major issues with earlier rulemaking.” NWC also helped two scientists who worked for Exxon Mobil get reinstated after they were fired “over the possibility they had blown the whistle to the media,” previous WNN reporting states. NWC also filed amicus briefs “in pivotal cases, educating courts about the Internal Revenue Service whistleblower program.”
One page in the report breaks down different legislative actions that saw movement in 2022: there were developments in legislation for wildlife whistleblowers, the Anti-Money Laundering Act whistleblower reward provisions, and more. “With the support of legal experts and whistleblowers with firsthand experience, NWC has been able to effectively support key laws and the best practices of Anonymity, Anti-Retaliation, and Rewards,” the report states.
“Our victories this year are only eclipsed by the tenacity and resilience of the whistleblowers we strive to empower,” NWC Executive Director Siri Nelson says in the report. “Having the courage to speak up is a quality we all possess under the right conditions. NWC strives to ensure that those conditions are available to as many employees so more people can speak up and fewer are forced to suffer.”