University of the District of Columbia Law Review

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The False Claims Act: How Vigilantes Find Justice Fighting Government Fraud And Corruption


Wayne Turner


This comment focuses on the False Claims Act and its increasing potential to bring greater accountability to government programs designed to serve disadvantaged opulations. Citizen avengers play an increasing role in seeking retribution against grafters because existing safeguards built into government contracting and procurement often fail to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently. The False Claims Act, the citizens' tool against fraud, is contrasted with the Inspectors General, the federal government's principle means of investigating, auditing, and prosecuting fraud in federal agencies and programs.