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Winter 1993


This Article addresses the issue of whether federal government employees should be able to use the False Claims Act, also known as the "federal whistleblower statute," to personally benefit from uncovering fraud against the government during the course of their employment. The Article addresses, therefore, the apparent collision between two policies: on the one hand, the federal government has a compelling interest in vigorously pursuing those contractors who defraud it; on the other hand, the government has an interest in not encouraging its own investigators to enrich themselves by bringing personal suits for damages against the target of their investigations.


This Article was originally published in 60 Tenn. L. Rev. 365 (1993).