Effective Today: New Rules Requiring Contractors to Protect Whistleblowers

For Immediate Release

National Whistleblowers Center
Contact: 

Stephen M. Kohn (202) 342-6980
Lindsey M. Williams (202) 342-1903

Effective Today: New Rules Requiring Contractors to Protect Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON - The
Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and its Department of Defense have
approved new rules governing federal
contracting which go into effect today. These rules, the result of a
rulemaking proceeding initiated by the General Services Administration
and the Department of Defense, now require all major federal
contractors to implement "internal controls to detect and prevent
improper conduct." It also requires all contractors to self-report
violations of the False Claims Act. Failure to implement these reforms
can result in contractor "suspension or debarment."

"Federal
contractors are now required to establish effective internal ‘employee
concerns' programs permitting employee whistleblowers to step forward
and report fraud. The rules specifically mandate corporate disclosures
of violations of the False Claims Act. These reforms will help
save taxpayers billions of dollars and assist employee who courageously
blow the whistle on fraud," said Stephen M. Kohn, President of the
National Whistleblower Center.

The relevant portion of the new rules is attached here:http://www.whistleblowers.org/storage/whistleblowers/documents/newregforwebsite%282%29.pdf

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