More than $35 billion in tax
dollars that would otherwise be lost to fraud now has been recovered since
a 1986 update authored by Senator Chuck Grassley to the federal False
Claims Act, according to an announcement made today by the U.S.
Department of Justice.
Grassley whistleblower provisions enacted in 1986 are driving this recovery
of tax dollars. The provisions – called qui tam – safeguard
the ability of employees of government contractors to expose fraud
against the taxpayers and accounted for $3.3 billion of the nearly $5
billion recovered during the last year.
Grassley was able to secure major updates to the law again
in 2009. He works continually to fend off challenges to the
whistleblower provisions and strengthen the ability of whistleblowers in both the
private and public sectors to fight fraudulent spending of taxpayer