False Claims Act Amendments Become Law Today, and Justice Department Expands Health Care Fraud Task Force

Today was a monentous day for those who believe in integrity in how taxpayer funds are treated.

President Obama signed into law today the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, which makes important amendments to the country’s most important tool for fighting fraud, the False Claims Act.

Also important today, the Obama administration announced an expansion of DOJ’s health-care strike forces, which are designed to combat fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the initiative.

The new Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 protects the hundreds of billions being spent on government programs, as we have written about previously.

We will discuss in future posts how the new amendments will affect anti-fraud efforts . We congratulate all taxpayers on having Congress and the President take their interests to heart through these amendments.