DOD/Defense Contract Whistleblower Attorney
We Represent DOD Personnel, Members of the Military, and Defense Contractor Employees in Federal Whistleblower Cases
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and its defense contractors are essential to protecting our nation’s security. But, employees of the DOD and its defense contractors play essential roles as well. Integrity is critical to the success of the DOD’s operations, and DOD personnel, members of the military, and employees of defense contractors are among those who are in the best position to expose fraud, waste, and abuse.
If you have information about defense contract fraud or any other form of fraud, waste, or abuse involving the DOD, it will be important for you to speak with a DOD whistleblower attorney about coming forward. Your information may be extremely valuable to the government, and coming forward promptly could be essential for mitigating the government’s (and taxpayers’) losses. Our whistleblower lawyers can help you decide what to do—and, if coming forward is your next step, we can work with the DOD on your behalf.
When Can (and Should) You Blow the Whistle on Defense Contract Fraud, Waste, or Abuse?
When can (and should) you blow the whistle on defense contract fraud, waste, or abuse? Under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and other federal statutes, DOD personnel, members of the military, and employees of defense contractors can receive whistleblower protections for reporting:
- Violations of federal laws, rules, or regulations
- Gross mismanagement of government programs or funds
- Gross waste of DOD funds
- Abuse of authority
- Substantial and specific dangers to public health or safety
Within each of these five broad categories, whistleblowers can report several different types of fraud, waste, and abuse to the DOD (or other appropriate federal authorities). For example, some of the most commonly reported violations include:
- Fraud during the DOD contract bidding process (including collusion between defense contractors and subcontractors)
- Overbilling the DOD under defense contracts
- Substituting inferior materials under a DOD contract
- Billing the DOD for items or services provided to non-government clients
- Bribery and other forms of public corruption in connection with efforts to retain a DOD contract or avoid scrutiny for fraud or other violations
If you work for the DOD or a defense contractor, or if you are a member of the Armed Forces and you have any information about any form of possible defense contract fraud, we encourage you to contact us promptly. This includes information about fraud perpetrated by defense contractors and subcontractors as well as mismanagement, abuse of authority, and other forms of misconduct perpetrated within the DOD. A DOD whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can walk you through everything you need to know about coming forward; and, if you decide to come forward, we can communicate with the DOD (or other appropriate federal authorities) on your behalf.
How We Help DOD/Defense Contractor Whistleblowers
Individuals who blow the whistle on defense contractor fraud and statutory and regulatory violations within the DOD play an important role in protecting taxpayer funds and preserving taxpayers’ confidence in the DOD’s operations. The DOD relies on—and encourages—individuals in both the public and private sectors to come forward with information about fraud, waste, and abuse. As a result, if you think you may be able to serve as a whistleblower, you should not hesitate to speak with an attorney.
Here’s how a defense contractor whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help:
We Will Protect Your Identity
The Whistleblower Protection Act and other federal whistleblower statutes entitle you to confidentiality when you blow the whistle on DOD personnel or a defense contractor. Our attorneys can help protect your identity so that you do not face any unjustified and unlawful repercussions. In the event that your identity is made public due to circumstances beyond our control, we can help you seek all available remedies should your employer retaliate in violation of federal law.
We Will Help You Decide Whether to Come Forward
When you contact us, there is absolutely no obligation for you to move forward with filing a whistleblower complaint. Most of our whistleblower clients come to us with questions—unsure of what, if anything, they need to do. Our DOD whistleblower attorneys will help you make informed decisions about your next steps; and, either way, you owe us nothing for the advice you receive during your consultation.
If you decide to come forward, our attorneys will communicate with the DOD and any other relevant federal authorities on your behalf. We will make sure you receive whistleblower status under the Whistleblower Protection Act or other pertinent statutes, and we will make clear that you want your identity protected. We will continue to work with the government throughout its subsequent procedures—including its investigation centered on the information you provide.
We Will Work Closely with You Throughout the Process
In addition to working with the federal government on your behalf, we will also work closely with you throughout the process. You may need to be involved in various capacities, and we will advise you and provide recommendations every step of the way. We will also be here to answer your questions—and we encourage our whistleblower clients to get in touch whenever they have questions or concerns.
We Will Work to Help the Government Establish Accountability
Blowing the whistle is about more than just filing a complaint. It is also about establishing accountability so that the fraud, waste, or abuse you have uncovered does not continue to cost taxpayers or threaten national security. Once we file your whistleblower complaint, we will continue to work alongside the government throughout its investigative and law enforcement processes. Many of our attorneys previously prosecuted fraud and other crimes at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), so we are intimately familiar with the federal government’s investigative and law enforcement tactics and priorities.
What To Do if You Have Information About Defense Contract Fraud or DOD Waste or Abuse
If you have information (or believe you may have information) about defense contract fraud or DOD waste or abuse, these are some of the steps you will want to take as soon as possible:
- Preserve the information you have in your possession. But, be careful not to violate any restrictions on copying or relocating classified, secret, or confidential information.
- Take detailed notes to prepare for your consultation with a DOD whistleblower attorney. Include as much information as you can about how you discovered the issue, who else might know, and any events that have transpired to date.
- Be sure not to share the information that you have with anyone other than your attorney. Disclosing the information to third parties could result in loss of protected whistleblower status.
- Remain calm. While it can be stressful to think about blowing the whistle, it is important to understand that coming forward is the right thing to do, and there are federal protections in place for people in your situation.
- Talk to a defense contract whistleblower lawyer. Before you contact the DOD (or any other federal authorities), you will want to ensure that you know exactly what you need to do and what you can expect in the days and weeks to come.
FAQs: Taking Action as a DOD Whistleblower
What should I do if I work for a DOD contractor and have information about fraud?
If you work for a DOD contractor and have information about fraud, you should speak with a defense contract whistleblower attorney. At Oberheiden P.C., we can evaluate the information you have in your possession, and we can help you make an informed decision about contacting the DOD.
What should members of the Armed Forces and DOD personnel do if they have information about fraud, waste, or abuse?
If you are a member of the Armed Forces or work for the DOD and have information about fraud, waste, or abuse, you should speak with an attorney in this situation as well. Coming forward is the right thing to do, and a DOD whistleblower attorney can help make sure you receive protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act.
How do I report fraud, waste, or abuse to the DOD?
The steps involved in reporting fraud, waste, or abuse to the DOD depend on the circumstances at hand. Our DOD whistleblower attorneys can help you understand what you need to do based on the circumstances presented.
When should I talk to a DOD whistleblower attorney?
You should talk to a DOD whistleblower attorney any time you believe you may have information about fraud, waste, abuse, or other statutory or regulatory violations related to a defense contract or defense operations. It costs nothing to talk to an attorney and find out what, if anything, you should do next.
What can a defense contract whistleblower attorney do for me?
A defense contract whistleblower attorney can help you with all aspects of reporting fraud, waste, or abuse to the DOD. Defense contract fraud is unfortunately a major issue, and the DOD relies on whistleblowers to help it hold fraudulent contractors accountable.
Speak with a DOD Whistleblower Attorney at Oberheiden P.C. in Confidence
If you would like to speak with a DOD whistleblower attorney in confidence, we invite you to get in touch. Please call 888-680-1745 or contact us confidentially online to schedule an appointment at Oberheiden P.C.