Joyce Branda was given the TAF Education Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her 30-years of leadership in helping recover more than $50 billion back to the federal government through the use of the federal False Claims Act. Ms. Branda has been a model public servant working to reconcile diverse, competing, and sometimes conflicting, voices and interests. Through it all, she has been a steward of America’s tax dollars and of the False Claims Act itself. The TAF Education Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award has only been given out six times in the past, and Ms. Branda is the first government recipient.
Former GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pharmaceutical manufacturing quality control expert Cheryl Eckard Meads was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 15th Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) Conference for exposing rampant fraud at GSK’s Cidra, Puerto Rico manufacturing plant and for her efforts to forge alliances between whistleblowers and attorneys.
In addition to his successful legal career, Mr. Getnick is the cofounder of the Ujima Subukia Fund (USF), a scholarship program for students in rural Kenya. Secondary school education is not free in Kenya, and USF aims to assist students that have the potential to become leaders but have lacked the opportunity. The scholarship program currently enrolls 40 male and female students, each with a guaranteed scholarship for four years of secondary education.
Companies should embrace whistleblower laws and consider them an important way for honest companies to compete more effectively in the domestic and global marketplace.