Who We Are

The Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the government and protecting public resources through public-private partnerships.

TAFEF is supported by successful whistleblowers and their counsel, as well as by membership dues and foundation grants.  TAFEF is the 501(c)(3) arm of Taxpayers Against Fraud, which was founded in 1986.

Our Mission

TAFEF pursues its mission by working to maintain the integrity and advance the effectiveness of whistleblower reward and private enforcement provisions in federal and state laws, including the federal and state False Claims Acts and the federal tax, securities, and commodity futures trading laws. Specifically, TAFEF works to:

  • Inform and educate the general public, the legal community, government officials, the media, and other interested groups about incentivized whistleblower programs such as the False Claims Act as well as the SEC, IRS and CFTC whistleblower programs;
  • Explain the process, history and context of meritorious whistleblower lawsuits filed under the FCA, SEC, IRS, and CFTC whistleblower programs;
  • Advance public and government support for whistleblower cases;
  • Document the public policy value and the intellectual and legal foundation of incentivized whistleblower programs, and especially their qui tam provisions.

Our Staff

Robert Patten, President and Chief Executive Officer
202-296-4826 ext. 1000
Patrick Burns, Associate Director
202-296-4826 ext. 1100
Jacklyn DeMar, Attorney & Director of Legal Education
202-296-4826 ext. 1300
Takeia Garner-Kiett, Director of Membership Service & H.R. Manager
202-296-4826 ext. 1400
David Griscom, Communications and Development Assistant
202-296-4826 x-1500
Laura Wilk, Public Interest Advocacy Fellow
202-296-4826 ext. 1600

Our Board

Neil Getnick, Chairman
John Clark
T. Mark Jones
Erika Kelton
Cheryl Meads
Peggy Richardson
Shelley Slade
Linda Sundro
Jeb White

President's Council

Kenneth Nolan, Chairman
Jim Breen
Steve Cohen
Neil Getnick
Glenn Grossenbacher
James Helmer
Erika Kelton
Scott Powell
Shelley Slade
Jeb White

Whistleblower Board of Advisors

       Dinesh Thakur    
       Cheryl Meads
       Chris Riedel
       David Barbetta