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Federal Government Contractors Including Subcontractors Can Be Held Liable Under The Federal False Claims Act For False Certifications by Federal Contractor Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Federal contractors that price gouge, provide defective products, seek payment of services that were not provided, or provide false information to the government for the purpose of claiming payments or benefits are the target of qui tam whistleblower reward laws.  These laws allow persons with original knowledge of federal contractor false certifications to expose federal contractor fraud and collect large rewards if they properly expose false certifications.

Whistleblowers can confidentially contact a false certification lawyer to help determine if they have a potentially valid case and discuss whistleblower rights under the Federal False Claims Act.  For more information on seeking a whistleblower reward for exposing a fraudulent federal contractor or subcontractor, please read below or please feel free to send an e-mail message to Federal Contractor False Certification Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer.

Federal Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information

There are several forms of Federal Government Procurement Fraud including when federal government contractors and subcontractors defraud the government by providing defective goods, cross charging, making false certification of services provided, charging for services not provided, charging for goods not provided, violating the Truth-in-Negotiations Act ("TINA"), and making improper cost allocations. For more information on other forms of federal government contractor procurement fraud, please go to the following web page: Federal Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information.

Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) Violation Lawyers, Federal False Claims Act Wage Fraud Lawyers, Government Contractor Wage Fraud Lawyers, Government Contractor Wage Fraud Lawyers, Government Sub-Contractor Fraud Lawyers, and Government Contractor Wage Fraud Whistleblower Lawyers

Government contractor wage fraud has increased as some government contractors and subcontractors have sought to fraudulently avoid paying the prevailing wage or fringe benefits in violation of the Davis Bacon and Related Act (DBRA).  Government Contractors that violate DBRA and/or falsely certify services or goods that they seek payment from the government for can be subject to Federal False Claims Act Lawsuits and required to pay back fraudulently taken money.  Whistleblowers that have independent knowledge of fraud committed against the government by government contractors and subcontractors can become American heroes by blowing the whistle on fraud and if they are the first to provide notice of the fraud can recover a portion of the recovered money.

The Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts or federally assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area. The prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits are determined by the Secretary of Labor for inclusion in covered contracts.

In addition to the Davis Bacon Act itself, Congress added Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 laws-"related Acts"-under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. (Examples of the related Acts are the Federal-Aid Highway Acts, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.) Generally, the application of prevailing wage requirements to projects receiving federal assistance under any particular "related" Act depends on the provisions of that law.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has oversight responsibilities to assure coordination of administration and consistency of enforcement of the labor standards provisions of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts. Under this authority, DOL has issued regulations establishing standards and procedures for the administration and enforcement of the Davis-Bacon labor standards provisions. Federal contracting agencies have day-to-day responsibility for administration and enforcement of the Davis-Bacon labor standards provisions in covered contracts for which they are responsible or to which they provide federal assistance under laws they administer.

For more information on the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), please go to the following United States Department of Labor Web Page.

Federal Acquisition Regulation Requires Government Contractor to Self Report Certain Crimes and Violations of the Federal False Claims Act Committed By Employees and Subcontractors

The Federal Acquisition Regulation was amended (effective December 12,2008) to require Government contractors to self report to the Government certain crimes and violations of the Federal False Claims Act committed by their employees and subcontractors.  A government contractor's failure to do so can be the basis for a ban from contracting with the Federal government. Moreover, the Federal government is now keeping score on federal government contractors and has created a database entitled the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).

For more information on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), please go to the following web page: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Federal Government Spending, Federal Government Contracting, and Federal Government Contractor Information

The Office of Management and Budget has created OMB Watch which "exists to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy."  OMB Watch envisions "a more just and democratic society, one in which an open, responsive government protects people's health, safety, and well-being, safeguards the environment, honors the public's right to information, values an engaged and effective citizenry, and adequately invests in the common good."   For more information on OMB Watch and Federal government spending, please go to the following web site: Fedspending.org

WIFCON.com serves "the federal acquisition community by providing quick access to acquisition information such as contracting laws and pending legislation, current and proposed regulations, guidance, courts and boards of contract appeals, bid protest decisions, contracting newsletters, and selected analysis of federal acquisition issues."  For more information on Federal Government Contracting, please go to the following web site, WIFCON.com.- Where in Federal Contracting?

Federal Business Opportunities is also an excellent web site for information on Federal Government Contractors and Contracting.  For more information on Federal Government Contracting, please go to the following web site, Federal Business Opportunities.

Blowing the Whistle on Those that Commit Fraud Against the United States Government, First to File Provisions of the Federal False Claims Act, and Preserving Relator Rights to Share in Recovery of Funds

If you are aware of a defense contractor, highway contractor, large health care company, or other large contractor or subcontractor that is defrauding the United States Government out of millions or billions of dollars, it is important to blow the whistle on the government contractor fraud.  By reporting the fraud you can save the government and taxpayers large amounts of money.  Further, if you are the first to file and blow the whistle correctly pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act, you may be able to share in the recovery.

For a confidential review of a potential federal government contractor fraud lawsuit, please feel free to contact Federal Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer Jason Coomer.

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