The Administrative False Claims Act (AFCA), S.659, updates the law governing smaller, and potentially more frequent, instances of fraud committed against the government. The legislation raises the statutory ceiling on these types of claims from $150,000 to $1 million, expands the number of Justice Department officials who can review these claims and allows the government to recoup costs for investigating and prosecuting these frauds. The bill is cosponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Full text of the Administrative False Claims Act can be found HERE.
The Administrative False Claims Act has been endorsed by several government accountability groups, including Empower Oversight, Taxpayers Against Fraud, Government Accountability Project, National Security Counselors, National Whistleblower Center, Project on Government Oversight, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Whistleblowers of America.