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Government Contract Fraud: Detecting It and Controlling the Damage (From White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses, P 7-1, - 7-38, 1990, Otto G. Obermaier and Robert G. Morvillo, eds. - See NCJ-126261)

NCJ Number
P B Galvani; N S Malmquist
Date Published
38 pages
The U.S. Government has legislated a number of measures to detect, prosecute, and prevent government contractor fraud. A range of actions are covered including deceit, deception, concealment, breach of trust, and other acts of dishonesty. Because of the increased risk of exposure to criminal or civil sanctions, government contracting corporations must become adept at detecting fraud committed by their employees and controlling its damage.
Fraud in the pre-award stage can occur in the provision of false statements, during bidding and negotiations, in the submission of cost or pricing data under the Truth in Negotiations Act, as kickbacks, and as a lack of procurement integrity. Criminal and civil false claims acts, fraud in cost accounting or certification of claims, violations of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, or submission of unallowable costs are ways companies can defraud the government during the actual contract performance. Government remedies for contract fraud are primarily access to a contractor's records, the ability to bring simultaneous proceedings, and administrative suspension or disbarment. Contractors must take preventive and responsive measures both before and as a result of government investigations. 125 notes.