The Risks And Rewards Of Being A Whistle-blower

 - (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)

(AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)

The Risks And Rewards Of Being A Whistle-blower

The House votes to expand protections for federal workers who expose government waste fraud and abuse. Diane and her guests discuss the risks, rewards, and protections for whistle-blowers.

The House of Representatives recently voted to greatly expand protections for whistle-blowers. The new measure would make it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse. An earlier law, the False Claims Act, stops corporations and others from cheating government programs like Medicare. While these laws often reward those who come forward, the price paid by employees may not be worth it. Diane and her guests discuss the risks, rewards, and protections for whistle-blowers.

Guests

John Phillips

attorney, Phillips & Cohen, LLP.

Patrick Burns

director of communications, Taxpayers Against Fraud.

Peter Hutt

attorney in private practice, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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