Contractors Overload Agencies By Reporting Smallest Frauds

Law360, New York (April 20, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT) -- Government contractors' caution in disclosing overpayments or potential fraud, as mandated by a 2008 rule, has resulted in a flood of relatively small and sometimes unclear disclosures that has slowed agencies' responses to potentially more serious disclosures, attorneys say.

On Nov. 12, 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a final rule requiring contractors to report “credible evidence” of fraud-related criminal violations and civil False Claims Act violations, as well as “significant overpayments.” Failure to report such violations could be grounds for suspension or debarment under...
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