A really nice Bloomberg article on whistleblowers “hit the stands” today. The authors, David Voreacos and Margaret Cronin Fisk did an excellent job of tracing the payouts and controversy surrounding corporate employees of drug companies who alert the DOJ to bad pharmaceutical practices. Essentially, the act of telling the DOJ gives the federal government the ability to recoup millions of dollars, a portion of which is given to the whistleblowers as an incentive payment. Without that payment, few whistleblowers would risk their jobs and peer ostracization to bring these bad practices to light. Some think the payments to whistleblowers are too high. I don’t have any problem with it–it may encourage others to report bad practices (and remember–not all whistleblowing cases are accepted, or result in multi-million dollar settlements).