The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.
Whistleblowers and their supporters are strongly urged to read this blog series and share it with friends. In addition, an Action Alert has been issued by the National Whistleblower Center so members of the public inform their representatives that the False Claims Act should not be “reformed” as proposed by the Chamber.
Fact Number 9:
The Chamber’s report is predicated on a false and illogical dichotomy. The Chamber claimed that there was a need to weaken the FCA in order to strengthen corporate compliance. The opposite is true.
There is no need to weaken the FCA in order to have the business community implement effective fraud detection programs. There is no need to establish a government-sponsored agency to “accredit” compliance programs. Compliance professionals and fraud examiners have researched what it takes to implement effective compliance programs. These best practices are not a secret. Continue Reading