Fortunately for whistleblowers, there are many laws in place today that help us bring information forward and translate it into actionable cases. Beginning in 1863 with the False Claims Act, also known the Lincoln Law, the federal government has a long standing history of working to remedy fraudulent behavior by using information to bring to light injustices against it. The False Claims Act was followed by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1977 and the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010; each of these laws include provisions that offer protection for whistleblowers, preventing undue retaliation and protecting anonymity to varying degrees. The government’s continual advocacy for whistleblowers demonstrates how valuable they find these individuals, and is a contributing factor for the dramatic increase in whistleblower rights over the past few decades.

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