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Understanding Government Contract Law, 2nd Edition by Terrence M. O'Connor

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Chapter 4

The Contracting Officer as Plaintiff

If taxpayers and disgruntled employees can be bounty hunters, can a contracting officer be one, too?

THE CONTRACTING OFFICER AS BOUNTY HUNTER

For years, bounty hunters have operated under the Federal False Claims Act. This law encourages taxpayers to uncover fraud in government programs by promising them a cut of the fraud recovery received by the government. These lawsuits are called qui tam lawsuits. Qui tam comes from the Latin phrase meaning “who brings the action for the king as well as himself.”1

Now this is one government program that really works!

The Department of Justice obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements ...

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