Author: Pamela Coyle Brecht

Calling Insiders With Information on Pandemic Fraud, Waste & Abuse

On April 16, 2020, the Honorable William M. McSwain, United
States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued a sweeping
request for help in identifying companies and individuals who seek to “exploit
the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic for their own benefit.” The
Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office has a long history fighting fraud.

Who Is Keeping Their Eyes on Government Spending at Home and Abroad?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and individuals around the world are rising to the occasion and ordinary people are doing extraordinary things. We have seen first responders, emergency room physicians, nurses, grocery store workers, and mail carriers go above and beyond their call of duty. One Pennsylvania manufacturer of major league baseball uniforms 

European Union-Wide Whistleblower Protection: A Growing Trend?

What Happened

On April 16, 2019, the European
Parliament made history with the approval of the European Union (EU) Whistleblower
Directive (“Directive”) that provides universal whistleblower protections for
all potential “reporting persons” located within member states of the EU. These
protections apply whether or not the reporting person is a citizen of an EU
member.

Germany Whistleblowing Reform Law

What Happened?

In July 2016, Germany amended the German Act on Financial Services Supervision (Finanzdienstleistungsaufsichtsgesetz – “FinDAG”) and created whistleblower protections for employees of all companies subject to the supervision of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – “BaFin”). BaFin, when formed in 2002,

Whistleblowing: The British Way

What Happened?

In seeking to limit the abuse of whistleblower legislation, the United Kingdom enacted the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act of 2013, which amended the Public Interest Disclosure Act of 1998, and mandated that all disclosures of misconduct be made in the “public interest.”

The Background

In 1998,

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