DOJ Whistleblower Attorney
Our Former U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Represent DOJ Whistleblowers Nationwide
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of several federal agencies that have formal whistleblower programs. The DOJ encourages anyone with information about potential federal crimes (including false and fraudulent claims) to come forward, and it provides protections to those who meet its whistleblower disclosure requirements.
False and fraudulent claims submitted under federal contracts and programs cost the government (and taxpayers) billions of dollars every year. Unfortunately, many of these claims go unnoticed. Whistleblowers play an important role in preserving the integrity of the federal procurement system and federal programs, and the DOJ relies on whistleblowers to provide assistance with uncovering unlawful activities.
If you have information that you believe may be useful to the DOJ, a DOJ whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help you come forward. Our legal team includes several former U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and prosecutors at the Justice Department. As a result, we are intimately familiar with the DOJ’s whistleblower program, and we can guide you step-by-step through the process of making a protected disclosure.
Who We Represent
We represent all individuals who are eligible to submit whistleblower claims to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) oversees the DOJ’s whistleblower program, and it specifies the individuals who are eligible to receive whistleblower protection. These individuals include:
- U.S. Department of Justice employees
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees
- Employees of DOJ contractors and subcontractors
- Employees of DOJ grant recipients
- Employees of federal program participants (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid participants)
Regardless of your position in the public or private sector, if you qualify as a DOJ whistleblower, you are entitled to protection from retaliation in your employment. This means that your federal office, agency, or private-sector employer cannot terminate you, demote you, or reduce your pay because you chose to come forward. If the information that you have establishes a violation of the federal False Claims Act (FCA), you may be entitled to whistleblower compensation as well. A DOJ whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. can explain everything you need to know and help you make informed decisions as you move forward.
Our Services for DOJ Whistleblowers
We provide comprehensive legal services for DOJ whistleblowers. From the moment you contact us, we will keep your information in strict confidence unless and until you decide to submit a protected disclosure to the DOJ. We will protect your identity to the fullest extent possible, and we will use our experience to work with the DOJ on your behalf while keeping you involved, updated, and informed throughout the process.
When you engage a whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., your attorney will:
1. Work with You to Establish Your Status as a Whistleblower
Whether you work for the DOJ, FBI, a contractor or subcontractor, or a grantee, you must meet certain requirements in order to qualify as a whistleblower. If you do not take the necessary steps, you will not qualify as a DOJ whistleblower even if you come forward with information about fraud, waste, abuse, or other prosecutable misconduct. We can make sure you qualify before you come forward.
Your DOJ whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. will work with you to establish your status as a whistleblower. Among other things, this means: (i) ensuring that the information you are prepared to disclose is sufficient to warrant whistleblower status; and, (ii) ensuring that you make a timely disclosure. Some examples of the types of information that we help DOJ whistleblowers report include:
- Abuse of authority in an official position or related to a federal contract or grant
- Engaging in conduct that presents a substantial and specific risk to public safety or health
- Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant
- Gross waste of federal funds
- Violations of federal laws, rules, or regulations related to a federal contract, federal grant, or official duties
Importantly, to qualify as a whistleblower, you must be the first to come forward with the information you have in your possession. You must also do so before the DOJ launches an investigation independently. As a result, time may be of the essence, and we encourage you to contact us promptly to start the process.
2. Explain What You Can Expect as a DOJ Whistleblower
Before you submit a protected disclosure to the DOJ, it is important to make sure you have a clear understanding of what you can expect as a DOJ whistleblower. Your DOJ whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. will explain what you can expect throughout the process so that you can ensure you are prepared to move forward. Our DOJ whistleblower clients usually have lots of questions, and your attorney will be more than happy to go over everything you want to know.
3. Prepare and Submit Your Protected Disclosure
Qualifying as a DOJ whistleblower is not a simple matter of sending information to the Justice Department. You must carefully prepare a protected disclosure that meets the DOJ’s requirements and clearly alleges a violation of the FCA or other federal law. You must also submit your protected disclosure through the proper federal channels. At Oberheiden P.C., we are intimately familiar with this process, and we can guide you forward step-by-step.
4. Communicate with the DOJ on Your Behalf
Once we submit your protected disclosure, we will continue to communicate with the DOJ on your behalf. Federal agents or attorneys may request additional information, and they may ask you to play an active role in the Justice Department’s investigation if they decide to take action based on the information you provide. As former DOJ attorneys and agents, we know what to expect, and we can handle this stage of the process for you.
5. Pursue Your Whistleblower Claim Without Intervention if Necessary
When you submit a protected disclosure to the DOJ, the DOJ has a duty to investigate, and then it must decide whether to pursue civil or criminal enforcement action. This is referred to as intervention. If the DOJ declines to intervene, you have the right to pursue a qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the federal government—and, if your lawsuit is successful, you are entitled to a larger whistleblower award (in terms of percentage) than you would have had the DOJ intervened.
FAQs: Hiring a DOJ Whistleblower Attorney
How Do I Secure Protection as a DOJ Whistleblower?
To secure protection as a DOJ whistleblower, you must disclose qualifying information to the Justice Department in strict compliance with all substantive and procedural requirements. For example, as the DOJ explains, “[a] disclosure of waste, fraud, or abuse that includes classified information is not a protected disclosure under the whistleblower laws unless the disclosure is made in accordance with the laws and rules that govern the proper handling and transmission of classified information.” A DOJ whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can assist you with securing whistleblower protection.
Do DOJ Whistleblowers Receive Compensation Awards?
In qui tam cases under the False Claims Act, DOJ whistleblowers can receive 15% to 30% of the amount the government recovers as a result of their protected disclosures. The specific percentage to which a whistleblower is entitled depends on the scope of the whistleblower’s assistance and whether the DOJ chooses to intervene and pursue legal action directly. DOJ whistleblower awards are in the millions of dollars in many cases, and a DOJ whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help you collect any award to which you are legally entitled.
Am I Entitled to Anonymity as a DOJ Whistleblower?
As a DOJ whistleblower, your identity will be protected—at least initially—in most cases. While there are exceptions (i.e., when disclosure is necessary to protect public health or safety), DOJ whistleblowers are generally entitled to strong confidentiality protections under federal law. If you have questions or concerns about your identity being made public, our attorneys can walk you through the options you have available.
Are DOJ Whistleblowers Protected Against Retaliation?
Yes, individuals who qualify as DOJ whistleblowers are protected against retaliation in their employment. This is true for both federal employees and employees in the private sector. Of course, employers don’t always respect employees’ statutory rights, so whistleblowers will need to take legal action to obtain remedies for retaliation in some cases.
Do I Need a DOJ Whistleblower Attorney to Make a Protected Disclosure?
While you do not need to hire a DOJ whistleblower attorney to make a protected disclosure, whistleblowers can benefit greatly from engaging experienced legal representation. From establishing your right to whistleblower protections and compensation to dealing with the DOJ on your behalf, there are several ways that the experienced DOJ whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. can help you. If you have questions, we invite you to contact us to learn more.
Speak with a DOJ Whistleblower Attorney in Confidence
To speak with a DOJ whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C., call us at 888-680-1745 or contact us online. We will arrange for you to meet with one of our senior attorneys in confidence as soon as possible.