Despite a pledge to deliver the most open and transparent administration in U.S. history, some say that the Obama White House has fallen short on that promise, with harsh punishments for high-profile whistleblowers and a record number of Freedom of Information Act request denials. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica. Continue reading
Edward MacMahon said Friday that journalist James Risen had been subpoenaed in the case of his client, Jeffrey Sterling, who is scheduled for trial in Virginia next week.
Last year alone, the federal government and its whistleblowers — people incentivized by the False Claims Act to expose fraud in companies that work with the government — recovered nearly $6 billion in lawsuits that exposed wrongdoing. But some question whether the False Claims Act actually prevents fraud or merely incentivizes people with potential reward money. NewsHour’s Rick Karr reports. Continue reading
In the last fiscal year, the federal government recovered a record $5.69 billion under the False Claims Act. And as recoveries have increased, so have the awards for those whistleblowers who play a crucial role in exposing cases of fraud. Here’s a round up of some of the biggest false claims settlements and the subsequent whistleblower rewards from 2014. Continue reading
A source familiar with the case says the Justice Department will not compel New York Times reporter James Risen to testify about his source at an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information. Continue reading
Author and journalist James Risen bores into the many costs of the so-called “War on Terror” in his new book “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.” The toll is a heavy one in Risen’s telling — he weaves a tale of companies (and con-men) working the government contracting system to enrich themselves; of operations gone awry in the quest to prevent another 9/11; of lives wrecked by post-traumatic stress and of whistleblowers silenced. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks to Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic about two whistleblowers who have emerged to make public accusations about problems within Veterans Affairs health system. One came forward with information about patients who died while waiting for medical care in Phoenix, while another claims she was fired after raising concerns. Continue reading