False Claims Act Fundamentals

Fighting fraud, waste, and abuse, is an ongoing effort for Federal funding sources.  One of the oldest and most important weapons in this fight is the Federal False Claims Act.  This session will explain what grant-funded organizations need to know to avoid problems under the False Claims Act.  Attendees will learn about the Federal False Claims Act and its history, enforcement mechanisms (including qui tam lawsuits), and penalties.  This session will also discuss recent cases and legal developments involving the False Claims Act.

Following this session, attendees will be able to:

  • List the elements of a false claim.
  • Describe the consequences of violating the False Claims Act.
  • Outline the enforcement mechanisms under the False Claims Act.
  • Identify strategies for preventing false claims and minimizing liability.

This session is recommended for all attendees.  No prerequisites for attendance exist, and no advanced preparation is required.  The program level is basic.  Attendees can earn up to one (1.0) hour of CPE credit in the field of auditing (governmental).