whistleblower and qui tam claims 1 300x200 State Lax in Shielding Private Sector WhistleblowersTimes are tough for whistleblowers all over. In May the Democrat-dominated Senate Appropriations Committee resoundingly killed Senator Leland Yee’s AB 1336, which would have provided more transparency and accountability for state and local government whistleblower programs supposedly concerned with fighting fraud, waste and abuse by public employers. Now Will Evans reports for California Watch that state officials charged with investigating retaliation against whistleblowers reporting health and safety violations in the private sector are often not even interviewing the whistleblowers—or anyone else other than the companies accused of wrongdoing.