New Ombudsman to Set the Tone for Whistleblowers at DOJ

Corporate Counsel
August 14, 2012

Jordan A. Thomas comments on the Justice Department's newly created whistleblower ombudsman position

"The Department of Justice has historically had a leadership role in establishing best practices for other governmental agencies," says Jordan Thomas, a former assistant director and assistant chief litigation counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement who now chairs the whistleblower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow.

And, whether in government or the private sector, says Thomas, "there tends to be a failure to follow through, and follow up, with whistleblowers."

Once whistleblowers do come forward, it's in the organization's best interest to ensure that they'll be taken care of, says Thomas. When people believe they're being retaliated against, he says, "it undermines the culture of integrity for the organization."