As early whistleblowers increased in popularity, they spread outside of England and eventually reached the Americas. A number of statutes existed throughout the United States during colonial times. After a costly Revolutionary War, the first U.S. Congress saw qui tams as a method to enforce the young country’s authority during a period when the newly-born government had few enforcement resources itself.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the most influential and enduring whistleblowing legislations of all time, the False Claims Act (FCA). This act has persisted since its enactment and grown stronger during its 150-year history. It also influenced the creation of other programs with relators provisions, including the IRS Office of the Whistleblower and the SEC Whistleblower Program.