Tag Archives: Government Contract Fraud

Whistleblowers Responsible for More Than Sixty Percent of FCA Recoveries in 2016

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it obtained more than $4.7 Billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud against the government. This amount marks the third highest annual recovery in the history of the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA brings in a yearly average of $4 billion with a total of … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Three Important Whistleblower Bills

Last week the Senate passed important legislation that increases protections for whistleblowers. The three bills protect whistleblowers who report information to inspector generals’ offices, extends whistleblower protections to employees of government subcontractors, and allows FBI employees to now report wrongdoing to their direct supervisors.… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Says Major Insurers Defrauded Government

August 11, 2016. On Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act case against several of the nation’s largest health insurers. The Court ruled that the whistleblower, James Swoben, put forward enough evidence to suggest that insurers like HealthCare Partners, UnitedHealthCare and Aetna … Continue Reading

Government Contractors Ask Supreme Court for False Claims Act Loophole So They Can “Pick and Choose” What Regulations to Follow

On April 19th I visited the Supreme Court to listen to oral arguments in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.  However, I was shocked at what I heard. The hospital that was sued in this case actually asked the Justices to believe that: … Continue Reading

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPA

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPAWashington, D.C. September 8, 2015. In a precedent setting decision, Savage v. Department of the Army, 2015 M.S.B.P. 51 (Sept. 3, 2015), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled that the creation of a hostile work environment standing alone violates the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The WPA provides protection to federal workers who blow the whistle … Continue Reading

Appeals Court Rules That KBR Can Keep Evidence Of Contract Fraud Secret

The Whistleblowers Protection Blog reports today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a petition filed by the defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) and ordered that internal company documents containing evidence that the company defrauded the U.S. government during the War in Iraq can remain secret. Read … Continue Reading

Proposed OSC Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

In January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal contractors. On Monday, March … Continue Reading

OSC Proposed Rule For Federal Contractor Employees May Cause Confusion

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, D.C. January 22, 2015. Today the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of OSC’s proposed rule may cause more harm than good for employees of … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Press KBR On Gagging Whistleblowers

Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto’s landmark case, In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., continues to make headlines as members of Congress are joining KKC’s battle aimed at halting the use of non-disclosures agreements to silence whistleblowers.  Members of Congress called on KBR CEO Stuart Bradie to come forward with information about the company’s non-disclosure practices on government … Continue Reading

Rand “White Paper” Highly Critical Of KBR Mandamus Appeal

A formal “White Paper” presented on May 28, 2014, to the highly prestigious Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, blasted the positions taken by KBR and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the False Claims Act case filed by whistleblower Harry Barko.  The paper provides extensive policy and legal support demonstrating that the arguments … Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Steps Forward Once Again to Defend Whistleblowers

On July 30, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee held a hearing on proposals by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to substantially weaken the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA is the most effective whistleblower law and allows those with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the … Continue Reading

Report Blasts Chamber of Commerce’s Attempt to Undermine Major Federal Anti-Fraud Law

Washington, D.C. July 25, 2014. Today the National Whistleblower Center released a new report that was authored by Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto partner Stephen M. Kohn. The report, entitled “Saving America’s ‘Most Important Tool to Uncover and Punish Fraud,’” rebuts arguments being raised by the Chamber of Commerce as part of its aggressive lobbying campaign … Continue Reading
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