Do we really support stopping waste, fraud and abuse in Federal Grants?
Whistleblowers: Reality Shows vs. Reality
We’ve seen the movies, watched the news, read the articles – and they don’t paint a pretty picture when it comes to what happens to those with the gumption to blow the whistle when we see wrongdoing in the workplace. The question is whether or not the media is providing us with an accurate portrait. A good story, when embellished, can turn into a more profitable block buster story. Those in the entertainment business are the likeliest suspects, however, journalists as well as the news agencies, publications, and television networks they report for are not without bias.
Whistleblowers: What does the research say?
The more rational approach is to review research conducted utilizing scientific method rather than anecdotal and/or isolated stories of what happened to specific individuals. The intention is not to discredit or minimize the hardships reported by individuals such as Sherron Watkins who blew the whistle at Enron or Dr. Jeffrey Wigand whose life was destroyed after blowing the whistle on the tobacco industry. What concerns us in the workforce is whether or not stories such as theirs are unique versus what whistle blowers as a group can expect as a result of reporting irregularities.
Unfortunately, every study we examined indicated whistle blowers as a group cannot expect to be rewarded. So what does this say about our real commitment to stopping waste, fraud and abuse particularly in the world of Federal grants?
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
Compliance Warrior, CEO