National Whistleblower Day
National Whistleblower Day commemorates the bold vision of our Founding Fathers and their uncompromising support for whistleblowers.
This year marks the 242nd anniversary of America's first whistleblower law, passed unanimously on July 30th, 1778 during the height of the American Revolution. The law was passed after ten whistleblowers reported wrongdoing and abuses committed by a superior officer in the Continental Navy.
In the law, the Continental Congress wrote: "That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
Beginning in 2013, the Senate, led by Sen. Charles Grassley, has unanimously passed a resolution honoring "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day" on July 30th to commemorate the enactment of the law.
The first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015. Every year since, the National Whistleblower Center has held an event on Capitol Hill to celebrate whistleblowers. For the first time, this year's event will be an interactive virtual conference.
National Whistleblower Day celebrates the people who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth. NWC is honored to have numerous whistleblowers joining us this year to celebrate: you can find their stories here.