Yes. The public record unquestionably demonstrates that the False Claims Act works and is essential for the detection and successful prosecution of fraud and corruption. The public record is consistent with the research findings published by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business [concerning the effectiveness of the False Claims Act:
“A strong monetary incentive to blow the whistle does motivate people with information to come forward. Monetary incentives seem to work well, without the negative side effects often attributed to them. Employees clearly have the best access to information.”
“[T]here is no evidence that having stronger monetary incentives to blow the whistle leads to more frivolous suits.”
“Honest behavior is not rewarded. . . Given [the] costs [of whistleblowing] the surprising part is not that most employees do not talk, it is that some talk at all.
See, Alexander Dyck et al., Working Paper No. 08-22: Who Blows the Whistle on Corporate Fraud?, U. of Chi. Booth Sch. of Bus. (2009).
The top leadership of the Department of Justice confirmed the effectiveness of the False Claims Act:
S. Attorney General in 2012: “[T]he False Claims Act has provided ordinary Americans with essential tools to combat fraud, to help recover damages, and to bring accountability to those who would take advantage of the United States government – and of American taxpayers.”
Assistant Attorney General in 2014: “[Whistleblower reward laws are] the most powerful tool the American people have to protect the government from fraud.”
Associate Attorney General (2016): “The False Claims Act and its [whistleblower] provisions remain the government’s most effective civil tool in protecting vital government programs from fraud schemes.”
Assistant Attorney General in 2018: “The taxpayers owe a debt of gratitude to those who often put much on the line to expose such [fraudulent] schemes.”
Assistant Attorney General in 2020: “Whistleblowers continue to play a critical role in identifying new and evolving fraud schemes that might otherwise remain undetected.”
These words are backed up by hard statistics. By the end of FY 2019, whistleblowers had triggered the recovery of $44.7 billion in from fraudsters, while the government was able to recover only $17.3 billion in cases for which there were no whistleblowers.