News Alert: Grassley Reform Has Recovered 53 Billion for Taxpayers

Senator Chuck Grassley
2016-12-15 14:51:32
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/news2015_2 png> About Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fabout&redir_log=928978509833256> Constituent Services <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fconstituents&redir_log=449195868256312> News Center <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews&redir_log=1069771078250> Contact Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fcontact&redir_log=704803046076271> Grassley Reform Has Recovered for Taxpayers More Than $53 Billion Lost to Fraud <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fgrassley-reform-credited-r ecovering-more-53-billion-lost-fraud&redir_log=468291264725784> In 1986, I authored reforms to the False Claims Act to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information involving fraud that exploits the federal government. In the last decade, an average of 3.4 billion taxpayer dollars has been recovered annually. According to a Justice Department announcement <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.justice.gov%2fopa%2fpr%2fjustice-department-recovers-over-47-billion-f alse-claims-act-cases-fiscal-year-2016&redir_log=160743660611776> on Wednesday, my False Claims Act reforms <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fgrassley-reform-credited-r ecovering-more-53-billion-lost-fraud&redir_log=468291264725784> helped the federal government recover more than $4.7 billion from fraudsters this year. That brings the total amount of taxpayer dollars recovered since my reforms to more than $53.1 billion. The False Claims Act, originally known as Lincoln's Law to help the federal government stop Civil War-era defense contractors from siphoning off war dollars for shoddy goods, is the single most effective tool for recovering taxpayer dollars lost to fraudsters who exploit the government. And it's clearly working. To those who doubt the value of whistleblowers and the False Claims Act, I say just look at the numbers. With a soaring national debt every little bit helps, and fraud against taxpayers should be target number one. I also led an effort in 2009 to pass the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14065.8107066.5331873.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fpresident-obama-signs-anti -fraud-legislation&redir_log=870482901681665> , which further bolstered existing tools and resources for government investigators and prosecutors to combat fraud and save taxpayer dollars. 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Grassley Reform Has Recovered for Taxpayers More Than $53 Billion Lost to Fraud

In 1986, I authored reforms to the False Claims Act to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information involving fraud that exploits the federal government. In the last decade, an average of 3.4 billion taxpayer dollars has been recovered annually.

According to a  on Wednesday, my False Claims Act reforms helped the federal government recover more than $4.7 billion from fraudsters this year. That brings the total amount of taxpayer dollars recovered since my reforms to more than $53.1 billion.

The False Claims Act, originally known as Lincoln's Law to help the federal government stop Civil War-era defense contractors from siphoning off war dollars for shoddy goods, is the single most effective tool for recovering taxpayer dollars lost to fraudsters who exploit the government. And it's clearly working. To those who doubt the value of whistleblowers and the False Claims Act, I say just look at the numbers. With a soaring national debt every little bit helps, and fraud against taxpayers should be target number one. 

I also led an effort in 2009 to pass the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act, which further bolstered existing tools and resources for government investigators and prosecutors to combat fraud and save taxpayer dollars. 

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