Article Summary

Recently passed legislation won't just boost the economy with an injection of federal spending — it also will control waste and fraud by adding new protections for whistleblowers who flag wrongdoing at entities that receive the extra funds.

This expert analysis by TELG managing principal R. Scott Oswald and former principal Jason Zuckerman was published by Law360 on February 17, 2009. The full article is . (Site requires paid subscription.)

The article also was published by The Employee Advocate on May 1, 2010 (PDF on our site).

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Stimulus Fund Safeguards for Whistleblowers

The economic stimulus bill passed by Congress on Feb. 12, 2009, includes robust whistleblower protections to ensure that employees of private contractors and state and local governments can disclose waste, fraud, gross mismanagement or a violation of law related to stimulus funds.

This article summarizes the key provisions of Senator McCaskill’s, D-Mo., whistleblower protection amendment to the stimulus bill (“McCaskill Amendment”).

Covered Employers

The McCaskill Amendment applies to private contractors, state and local governments, and other nonfederal employers that receive a contract, grant or other payment appropriated or made available by the stimulus bill.