National Whistleblower Center Meets with Top U.S. Department of Commerce Officials

This week the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) met with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) General Counsel Peter Davidson and Senior Counsel James Uthmeier to discuss the implementation of whistleblower laws in their agency. NWC was represented by Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, Managing Director of the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program Scott Hajost, and Co-Chairperson of the Board Dr. Gina Green. The meeting focused on how to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing using whistleblower reward laws. Since the DOC has jurisdiction over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it is within their power to activate certain whistleblower reward provisions under U.S. wildlife laws, including the Lacey Act and Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act. When speaking on IUU fishing, General Counsel Davidson commented that “Secretary Ross has a lot of interest in promoting U.S. aquaculture.” He continued, “combatting this…

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