Last night, the House of Representatives suspended the rules and
agreed to the amendment to S. 386, the Fraud Enforcement and
Recovery Act of 2009 ("FERA"), that the Senate made when
it voted last week to accept the House amendments to the bill.
See FraudMail Alert No.
09-05-15. Now that both houses have passed FERA, the False
Claims Act ("FCA") amendments in S. 386 need only the
approval of the President, who has indicated that he will sign the
bill when it reaches his desk, probably late this week.
Please refer to our prior FraudMail Alerts for detailed analyses
of the FCA amendments in S. 386. See FraudMail Alert Nos.
09-04-30. In addition to the FCA amendments, the FERA
authorizes additional resources for the investigation and
prosecution of frauds involving federal assistance programs and
financial institutions, including $165 million a year for the
Department of Justice.
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