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President Trump Calls on UN to Protect Whistleblowers

President Donald Trump, during his first official remarks before the United Nations (UN), urged that body to protect whistleblowers. Meanwhile, the IRS Whistleblower Program at risk due to Trump Administration’s position in a Tax Court case.

DeVos Pick Puts at Risk Veterans and Whistleblowers at For-Profit Colleges

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has selected a former dean at DeVry University (a for-profit college) to lead the Department of Education’s Student-Aid Enforcement Unit, which was established to combat fraud in higher education. This appointee has no background in law or regulatory enforcement, which likely means more fraud and abuse in federal student loan programs as a result in lax enforcement. But this pick also signals there are real risks to veterans who attend, and whistleblowers who work at, for-profit colleges.

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board June-July 2017

The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection. The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from June-July 2017.

Whistleblower to Receive $2.9 Million for Reporting Fraudulently Obtained Small Business Contracts

In a case filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a whistleblower, Virginia Beach based defense contractor ADS Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $16 million to settle allegations that it conspired and caused ineligible companies to improperly obtain contracts set-aside for small business and service disable veteran-owned companies.

Qui Tam Whistleblower Awarded Over $9 Million for Reporting Mortgage Fraud

On August 8, 2017, the Department of Justice announced a settlement in a False Claims Act lawsuit against PHH Corp. PHH Mortgage Corp. and PHH Home Loans (collectively, PHH). As part of the settlement PHH agreed to pay the United States $74,453,802 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA), guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and purchased by the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) that did not meet applicable requirements.

U.S. Files New Complaint in Whistleblower Suit Against City of LA to Recover Millions of Dollars Obtained by Making False Promises to Provide Accessible Housing

In a complaint filed August 1, 2017, the United States alleges that the City of Los Angeles and the CRA/LA (formerly the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles) together fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by falsely certifying that the money was being spent in compliance with federal accessibility laws.

SEC Whistleblower Awards List –July 2017

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million.

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