Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved.

August 15, 2022

Senate Approves July 30, 2021 As National Whistleblower Appreciation Day –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On July 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. (ECWd) –

On July 27, 2021, the United States Senate  unanimously approved Senate Resolution 324 designating July 30, 2021 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”

Senator Grassley was the Sponsor of S. Res. 324.

 

A resolution designating July 30, 2021, as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”

  Whereas, in 1777, before the passage of the Bill of Rights, 10 sailors and Marines blew the whistle on fraud and misconduct that was harmful to the United States;

Whereas the Founding Fathers unanimously supported the whistleblowers in words and deeds, including by releasing government records and providing monetary assistance for the reasonable legal expenses necessary to prevent retaliation against the whistleblowers;

Whereas, on July 30, 1778, in demonstration of their full support for whistleblowers, the members of the Continental Congress unanimously passed the first whistleblower legislation in the United States that read:

“Resolved, That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge” (legislation of July 30, 1778, reprinted in Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, ed. Worthington C. Ford et al. (Washington, DC, 1904-37), 11:732);

Whereas whistleblowers risk their careers, jobs, and reputations by reporting waste, fraud, and abuse to the proper authorities;

Whereas, in providing the proper authorities with lawful disclosures, whistleblowers save the taxpayers of the United States billions of dollars each year and serve the public interest by ensuring that the United States remains an ethical and safe place; and

Whereas it is the public policy of the United States to encourage, in accordance with Federal law (including the Constitution of the United States, rules, and regulations) and consistent with the protection of classified information (including sources and with lawful disclosures, whistleblowers
save the taxpayers of the United States billions of dollars each year and serve the public interest by ensuring that the United States remains an ethical and safe place; and

Whereas it is the public policy of the United States to encourage, in accordance with Federal law (including the Constitution of the United States, rules, and regulations) and consistent with the protection of classified information (including sources and methods of detection of classified information), honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, and other crimes to the appropriate authority at the earliest time possible:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates July 30, 2021, as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day”; and

(2) ensures that the Federal Government implements the intent of the Founding Fathers, as reflected in the legislation passed on July 30, 1778 (relating to whistleblowers), by encouraging each executive agency to recognize National Whistleblower Appreciation Day by–

(A) informing employees, contractors working on behalf of the taxpayers of the United States, and members of the public about the legal right of a United States citizen to “blow the whistle” to the appropriate authority by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, or other crimes; and

(B) acknowledging the contributions of whistleblowers to combating waste, fraud, abuse, and violations of laws and regulations of the United States.


		

SHARE THIS

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on print

RELATED

4 Comments
  • Publius
    Posted at 21:52h, 28 July

    Great article, mainstream press sure missed this one.

  • Serpico
    Posted at 22:19h, 28 July

    Blow the whistle! Call the Watchdogs; call the DOJ/FBI; call OSHA; call a major news network, newspaper, or investigative reporter; call a civil rights law firm or attorney. Do it anonymously if you wish but report the unethical and the illegal. If people are unlawfully or unethically making money or gaining positions, contracts, or favors through their positions, report them! If they are abusing their power and abusing others, report them! If they are grossly negligent, are reckless, or are needlessly putting others in danger, report them! Remember, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  • PK
    Posted at 09:54h, 29 July

    While both Illinois Senators are co-sponsors, news of this resolution reminds for what may be risked when acting as a state government complainant/whistleblower. Unfortunately, I can add “retaliation” to the risks the resolution identifies.

  • Dave
    Posted at 12:15h, 29 July

    Federal whistleblowing is a career ending move.

$