“The multi-trillion-dollar federal spending to address COVID-19, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPP) create a multitude of opportunities for fraud. And indeed the SEC and DOJ recently initiated civil and criminal proceedings to combat COVID-19 related fraud. See Fighting COVID-19-Related Financial Fraud (SEC) and Combatting COVID-19 Fraud (DOJ). To protect whistleblowers that courageously come forward to report waste, fraud, and abuse in pandemic-related appropriations, Senator Kamala Harris and Representatives Speier and Raskin introduced the COVID–19 Whistleblower Protection Act. This legislation is critical to safeguard the massive government spending to address COVID-19.
The CWPA is endorsed by American Civil Liberties Union, ACORN 8, Government Accountability Project, National Whistleblower Center, Public Citizen, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Project on Government Oversight, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and Whistleblowers of America.”