Press Discussions of Whistleblower Cases

The IRS Whistleblower Program similarly allows whistleblowers to present the information to the IRS (they cannot submit the information anonymously). The IRS has a policy of protecting the identity of the whistleblower to the best that it can. It is still up to the IRS, not the whistleblower, to pursue the claim, and going to the press is not going to advance the claim.

There may be an appropriate time to the discuss the case with the press, but usually, that is upon its resolution. In most cases, it does not help the case initially to go to press which is why people often do not see press discussions of whistleblower cases. This is, of course, difficult for many whistleblowers to accept since many want to see their story publicized to affect change. It is difficult for lawyers to accept, but it is the general rule. If an individual wants to know more, they should consult a knowledgeable whistleblower lawyer that could answer their questions.

Why Does the Press Like Whistleblower Cases?

The press does like whistleblower cases and the reason for that is simple. Uncovering a fraud is an interesting topic and most whistleblower cases that eventually emerge involve very serious misconduct and very serious damages and that makes good journalistic enterprise. The only true tragedy of the fact that most successful cases are settled with the support of the government is that the role of the whistleblower sometimes gets obscured.

Government’s Role in Explaining Whistleblower Cases to the Public

The government does the job of explaining the facts of the case to the public, the merits of the case, and of the terms of the settlement. All that becomes public information upon a settlement, but because it is the government presenting that information, the role of a whistleblower sometimes becomes a secondary matter in press discussions of whistleblower awards and whistleblower cases.

Yet, study after study shows that the key to obtaining information, which will protect the public and which will prevent fraud and fight fraud, is for a whistleblower to come forward with new information. There really is no substitute for somebody with some level of inside information or information the government is really not aware of, coming forward and presenting that information in a way that the government can use to further all our interests. The government, on its own, simply cannot track every government program, every government provider, or every government biller that is out there. That can only happen with the cooperation and the heroism of whistleblowers.

Heroic Nature of Whistleblowing

Whistleblowers are heroic when they take the step of blowing the whistle on wrongdoing. That is the point of a False Claims Act, the SEC Whistleblower Program, the IRS Whistleblower Program, and the CFTC Program to award the act of whistleblowing. In so doing the general idea is to encourage more information to reach the government.

The act of whistleblowing is not easy. Going to the press prematurely can be dangerous and reckless. After a case has been successful, however, and a whistleblower is willing to go forward it may be important for the whistleblower and their counsel to come forward and remind people that of the important role whistleblowers play in combatting fraud. Following the settlement of a case, press discussions of whistleblower cases are allowed and could be an opportunity to remind people of how important whistleblowing is.

Consulting an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney

Press discussions of whistleblower cases are important because they emphasize the important role whistleblowers play in exposing fraud and corruption. Furthermore, the public nature of these stories could encourage other individuals to come forward with whistleblowing cases. If you want to know more about the relationship between whistleblowers and the press, speak with a capable whistleblower attorney that could answer your questions and guide you through the whistleblowing process.