MAIL CALL: CAN BEING A WHISTLEBLOWER MAKE ME ANY MONEY?
Week Ahead reader J. Gruden asks, “I’m concerned that my employer may fire me. I suspect they’re committing fraud by putting out a substandard product each week. Is there a way I can make money from blowing the whistle?” Good news, J. Whistleblowers routinely recover between 15-25% of any False Claims Act recovery the government collects from your whistleblower suit. Just this week, in fact, a disgruntled whistleblower cleared $300K. The number one rule for employers is to treat their people well. Two-thirds of the money GSA recovered last year came as a result of whistle-blower suits. Contractors should never ignore unhappy employees, or just automatically assist them out of the building. Solving a problem may be uncomfortable, but paying a whistleblower, the government, their attorney, and your attorney is downright painful. Allen Federal welcomes your questions on budget, contract and procurement issues. Want to see your question answered in The Week Ahead? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org