Today's Whistleblower FAQ — Should I Become a Whistleblower?
Answer: Whether you should become a whistleblower is a very personal question only you can answer based on your personal experience and circumstances.
This is perhaps the question would-be whistleblowers wrestle with the most before deciding whether to say something when they see something or formally file a whistleblower complaint with the government or in court. Obviously, there is no single answer that applies across the board. It depends on the unique circumstances you may be facing, the type of misconduct at issue, and the potential benefits and risks you would face by standing up and speaking out. As part of any assessment, you will at the very least want to consider whether you qualify as a whistleblower; whether you have solid evidence of the wrongdoing that concerns you; the impact of personal concerns such as anonymity, retaliation, or personal involvement in the conduct; and whether you would be subject to the various whistleblower protections and rewards afforded under the False Claims Act, SEC Whistleblower Program, IRS Whistleblower Program, and the numerous other whistleblower programs and statutes the exist at the federal, state and local level.
To learn more about whether becoming a whistleblower is the right choice for you, the following resources might be helpful:
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