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whistleblower

a person, usually an employee, who reveals information, which he is contractually obliged to keep secret, because of an overriding public interest. The principle was recently introduced into the UK by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which has, for example, resulted in an accountant who was dismissed for exposing financial irregularities of his manager to the company headquarters in the USA being awarded not that much short of £300,000.
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- The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $1.8 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance were critically important to the success of an enforcement action involving misconduct committed overseas.
The purpose of the law was to enable a whistle blower to share information with an independent commission against any corrupt practice(s) and his name would be kept secret; besides awarding 20 percent of the recovered amount to whistleblower. Under the proposed bill, a three member Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission would be appointed by the federal government for a period of three years.
However, Fann said authorities including MACC must doubly ensure that whistleblowers are protected from danger and harassment.
ISLAMABAD -- The PTI's government in the Thursday's National Assembly introduced seven bills, including 'the Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission bill' with an aim to provide mechanism for whistleblower information by providing some 'incentives'.
"Instead of harassing whistleblowers, public structures should denounce corrupt officials," he pointed out.
"The problem is that whistleblowers are not protected because no fundamental culture of respect for them exists."Office for the Protection of WhistleblowersThe newly-established Office for the Protection of Whistleblowers, which will start operating this March, is to become an independent, nationwide state administration body.
"The absence of a law protecting whistleblowers prevents citizens from coming forward to report wrongdoing in public service, in some cases it has led to the loss of lives," says the CIF, formerly known as Transparency International Cyprus.
While the 2006 and 2018 legislation stopped short of enabling whistleblowers to bring qui tam lawsuits, it did seemingly provide a simple and enforceable entitlement to substantial compensation for whistleblowers.
Muthoni, however, noted that war on corruption in the country will succeed if Kenyans become more patriotic and trusted whistleblowers who are not money-minded.
By disclosing information about such misdeeds, whistleblowers have helped save countless lives and billions of dollars in public funds, while preventing emerging scandals and disasters from worsening.
Section 7623(b) of the Code mandates the Commissioner of the IRS to provide whistleblowers with awards for information that results in the Service's detection of underpayment of taxes or its ability to bring to justice individuals guilty of violating the internal revenue laws of the United States, provided that the qualifications of section 7623(b)(5) are met, which require the taxpayer have a gross income greater than $200,000 and "the proceeds in dispute exceed $2,000,000." (11) In hopes of an award under these provisions, the petitioners in Whistleblower 21276-13W v.