Meet the Whistleblower
Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse exposed Government Procurement Fraud with illegal no-bid contracts between Halliburton and the Army Corps of Engineers for the reconstruction of Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Ms. Greenhouse blew the whistle during in the run-up to the Iraq War when she exposed how the government was about to issue a $12 billion no-bid, sole source contract to a Halliburton subsidiary, KBR. She was represented by whistleblower attorney Michael Kohn. The litigation battle ultimately propelled Ms. Greenhouse to become one of the nation’s most important and respected whistleblowers of all time.
“I would like to thank my attorney, Michael Kohn, and the National Whistleblower Center for the support and unbelievably hard work they have put forth. Without this effort, I could not have survived the political firestorm that burns around me.” --Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, in testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, June 27, 2005.
In retaliation for her courage, Ms. Greenhouse was removed from her position as the highest-ranking civilian-contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers.
After a prolonged and highly contentious legal battle, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto forced the Army Corps to fully settle the case, agreeing to provide Ms. Greenhouse full compensation for all of the damages she suffered and agreeing to pay her attorney’s fees and costs. Ms. Greenhouse’s disclosures resulted in major reforms prohibiting no-bid contracts.
There has been extensive news coverage of the case by Democracy Now, Washington Post, Time, CBS News, MSNBC, and New York Times. Ms. Greenhouse was a guest with Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto attorneys on a C-SPAN Close-Up Show discussing her whistleblowing and the importance of protecting courageous employees who risk their jobs serving the public interest. She testified about her experience as a whistleblower before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, stressing the importance of protecting whistleblowers, and ultimately protecting the American people against fraud.