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The Final Rule: National Whistleblower Day

National Whistleblower Day

July 30 is National Whistleblower Day! Whistleblowing in the United States dates back to the very founding of our nation. Stephen Kohn, partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, rediscovered the story of some of the first whistleblowers while conducting original historical research for his book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook.

In 1777, ten sailors and marines met to blow the whistle on the commander of the Continental Navy, Commodore Esek Hopkins, for his mistreatment of British prisoners. Their reports led the Continental Congress to pass America’s first whistleblower law on July 30, 1778.

After Kohn’s discovery, the U.S. Senate, led by Chairman of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Senator Charles Grassley, enacted a resolution to mark July 30 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution calls on all U.S. agencies to recognize whistleblowers and celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

Watch Past Celebrations

2019 National Whistleblower Day Keynote: Senator Charles Grassley

2019 National Whistleblower Day Keynote: Senator Ron Wyden

2019 National Whistleblower Day Keynote: Senator James Lankford