With many adjusting to social distancing amid the coronavirus health crisis, the Department of Justice (DoJ) will continue to work with whistleblowers to combat fraud and abuse of government funds.
Whistleblowers who bring civil actions under the False Claims Act (FCA) to fight fraud against the government, must disclose copious documents to the DoJ as part of their claim. While formal service is still required, many in the department are implementing technology to facilitate these disclosures. In fact, main DoJ has set up an electronic mailbox specifically to allow whistleblowers and their attorneys to continue to supply information to the government amidst the pandemic.
These are important steps to ensure that fraudsters are brought to justice, especially given the likelihood of increased fraud amidst heightened government spending and stimulus plans.