Did you know that whistleblowers reporting under the False Claims Act have accounted for over $1 Billion in recovered federal and state taxpayer dollars this (fiscal) year alone? This Marketwatch.com article details the biggest fraud recoveries in '08, including hundreds of millions of dollars from companies such as Amerigroup, Merck, Bechtel, CVS, and Pratt & Whitney.
Despite these results, the False Claims Act (a civil war-era law that was last amended in 1986) is in need of some retooling. Senators Grassley and Leahy are pushing an amendment package (Bill # S. 2041) that would close the loopholes created by destructive Supreme Court decisions, such as Allison Engine Co. v. U.S. . this legislation should be enacted immediately. Further, because we know that the DOJ is letting hundreds of FCA cases languish without investigation, the DOJ needs to hire more civil fraud attorneys and focus more resources on ferreting out government contractor fraud.