Federal whistleblower programs
Whistleblower (WB) laws allow individuals to file a claim and collect a share of the amount the government recovers because of the information they provided. Those courageous enough to come forward and report fraud play a central role in fighting corruption both in the United States and abroad.
In order to encourage potential qui tam relators to come forward, a number of federal programs have been created and strengthened during the past 30 years. These government plans allow private individuals to report instances where a company or individual defrauds or steals money from a public entity, fails to pay taxes, or violates federal securities and foreign corrupt practices law. These programs also provide financial rewards to plaintiffs who bring successful cases to court.
Depending on the information you possess and the type of malfeasance involved, your potential case may be filed under one or more of the following programs:
- The False Claims Act (FCA)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) WB Program
- Securities and Exchange (SEC) WB Law
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) WB Reward
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission WB Incentives and Protection
In recent years, corporations have used increasingly sophisticated techniques to circumvent laws and regulations and hide their misbehavior. In response, U.S. authorities have enacted additional laws and practices to better protect those who come forward and created new ways them to report waste and abuse.