What Is A Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is someone who chooses to make a difference. Encountered with strong allegations that the government is being defrauded, whistleblowers choose to step forward and say, “enough”.

Protected under various whistleblower protection laws, whistleblower programs date back to 1863, when President Lincoln passed The False Claims Act. Motivated by Civil War defense contractors who sold our troops rancid food, guns that didn’t fire correctly and lame horses, becoming a whistleblower is as American as any other ideal we possess as a country.

Becoming a whistleblower creates a partnership between you as an individual and our government. Whistleblowers pursue fraud under a number of Whistleblower Programs. Irrespective of the specific type of fraud being exposed, a whistleblower:

Partners with the Government

Whistleblowers provide invaluable information to various areas of the government. In exchange for this information, whistleblowers are paid a portion of the recovery.

Benefits from Confidentiality

The identity of whistleblowers is held in strict confidentiality while a case is pending. It is in the government’s interest to maintain the confidentiality of whistleblowers, while balancing a defendant’s right to know their accuser. Confidentiality is a complex issue that WAF proactively manages for each client depending on their specific circumstances.

Chooses to Make a Difference

No one ever expects to find themselves with knowledge of major fraud being committed on the government. Many people turn a blind eye, choosing to go along with their colleagues and ignore what they all know is wrong. Whistleblowers step forward to make a difference, and for that they deserve the appreciation of each and every U.S. citizen.