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For Immediate Release

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

Effective Today: New Rules Requiring Contractors to Protect Whistleblowers


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."

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:

Since 1988, the NWC and attorneys associated with it have supported whistleblowers in the courts and before Congress and achieved victories for environmental protection, government contract fraud, nuclear safety and government and corporate accountability.