About Whistleblower Appreciation Day
July 30th is National Whistleblower Day. It marks the date in 1778 when the U.S. Continental Congress unanimously passed America’s first whistleblower law.
Enacted during the height of the Revolution, it demonstrates beyond doubt that the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of whistleblowers and demanded that they be protected.
From that historic day, courageous men and women have answered the call of our Founders by exposing crime, fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in government operations. For that sacrifice, all whistleblowers deserve our protection, admiration, and appreciation.
What is a Whistleblower?
Whistleblowing isn’t just about sharing secrets – and a common misconception is that anyone who shares such information could be described as a whistleblower, but that’s far from the case.
“Whistleblowers typically reveal information about government agencies or businesses that range from the merely embarrassing to clearly felonious acts,” said technology analyst Charles King of Pund-IT.
“The difference between a whistleblower and a thief is usually a matter of perspective,” King told ClearanceJobs. “The people or entities being exposed usually claim they’re victims of a criminal act. The actors themselves usually claim to be acting with the purest motives and intents.”