By Will Atkinson
$22,437,800. That’s the compensation recently awarded to a whistleblower for alerting the SEC to fraudulent financial practices at agrochemical and agricultural biotech company Monsanto. The whistleblower award was part of the $80 million penalty the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission levied against Monsanto for deceptive accounting practices. (more…)
[Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today]
Thirty years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded less than 2 minutes after lift-off, killing all seven astronauts on board. A few months later, two engineers talked about the disaster to National Public Radio on condition of anonymity, They revealed that they and three other engineers employed by NASA contractor Morton-Thiokol had warned that critical seals would fail in the below-freezing temperatures. NASA managers rejected their pleas for a launch delay.
The whistleblowing engineers were not initially identified. The identity of Roger Boisjoly was acknowledged after his death in 2012. Today, NPR revealed the identity of the second whistleblower, Bob Ebeling, with his permission. (more…)
by Linda Lewis Aug. 1, 2015
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday, whistleblowers testified on Veterans Affair’s investigation of the concerns about healthcare deficiencies at Veterans Affairs hospitals–investigations they characterized as a collective whitewash. (more…)
In today’s Big Brother environment, anonymous whistleblowing is more difficult than ever. Below the fold, tips for coping with surveillance. [Reposted from Whistleblowing Today]