U.S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing Highlights False Claims Act Whistleblower Law
False Claims Act filings and recoveries have reached new highs recently, with the Department of Justice expecting to collect over $5 billion in fiscal year 2014, bringing the total since 1987 to about $39 billion recovered for the taxpayers. Whistleblowers have earned some $4.3 million in rewards under the law.
Amidst this success, it is perhaps not surprising that the business community, led in part by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is trying to blunt the effectiveness of the law with various legislative proposals.
Today, the U.S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on “Oversight of the False Claims Act;” the testimony to be delivered at today’s FCA hearing is attached and can also be found on the Committee’s website. The testimony is interesting reading from both sides of the debate.
Senator Grassley, one of the co-sponsors of the 1986 amendments to the FCA that have been key to its success, will be testifying. He continues to be a champion of the FCA, whistleblowers, and the taxpayers.