Educating the Potential Whistleblower


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by Edward Kang and Michael Chiumento, Clerk

This past September marked the third year of the Government Accountability Project’s “American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability,” a traveling tour aimed at college students about to enter the business world with regards to whistleblowing.  The traveling educational panel consists of Jack Spadaro, a whistleblower in the mining industry who went public with information about Massey Energy after a spill in 2000, and Wilma Subra, who blew the whistle on health regulations for clean up workers after the British Petroleum oil spill in 201, among others.  In the past, the tour has included such famed whistleblowers as Daniel Ellsberg who blew the whistle on the Pentagon Papers and Sherron Watkins who was involved with Enron.  The tour has been met with immense positivity as it seeks to educate college students about the ethical necessity for whistleblowing practices as well as the potential reward for making the moral decision to blow on the whistle on illegal activity.

The president of the Government Accountability Project, Louis Clark, has been advocating on behalf of whistleblowers since 1978 and is seen as a leading expert in the field.  His expertise is put to use on the tour in order to erase the negative connotations which have in the past, sometimes been attributed to the practice of blowing the whistle.  His lengthy term of experience in the field has made him key to educating America’s future business people on resources available to them if they find themselves in a situation that may involve illegal covered up activity.  Furthermore, in the current day and age when whistleblower laws continue to change and strengthen thanks to Dodd-Frank as well as Sarbanes-Oxley, it is vital to ensure that those entering the workplace are up to date on the many protections available to them that years ago were not available.  All in all, the tour has stopped at 24 schools nationwide including the University of Nebraska, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, Auburn University as well as many others.  The current leg of the tour started on September 18 at West Virginia University and will visit many more schools through the next few months with its current lineup of guests.



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