You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for the bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing. — Thomas Sowell
Proper procedures are of the utmost importance for whistleblowers seeking to gain legal protections and financial rewards for their disclosures. The mere fact that you provided information that saved the government millions of dollars or put a stop to some egregious wrong may not help you if you did not follow the procedures set forth by law. While there are all too many examples of this, a recent pair of rulings by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is especially poignant.
The SEC whistleblower programs that took shape under the Dodd-Frank Act are very particular as to whom whistleblowers should report, when they should report and how they should report. The agency has not hesitated to refuse compensation to whistleblowers who did not follow the correct procedures, even when their information led to huge breakthroughs:
Whether navigating an administrative process like the SEC whistleblower program or the court system in a qui tam action or other similar lawsuit, whistleblowers in Dallas and throughout the country need to be aware of the myriad of procedural requirements to which they are subject. With guidance from an experienced attorney, you can avoid the types of missteps that may cost you immensely down the road.