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Government Contractor Whistleblower Attorney

We Represent Government Contractor Employees and Subcontractors Who Need to Blow the Whistle

Lynette Byrd
Attorney Lynette Byrd
Government Contractor Whistleblower Team Lead
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Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Government Contractor Whistleblower Team Leadenvelope iconContact Nick directly
Tim Allen
Tim Allen
Government Contractor Whistleblower Team
Former Secret Service (Digital Forensics Expert)
Brian Kuester
Attorney Brian Kuester
Government Contractor Whistleblower Team
Former U.S. Attorney and District Attorneyenvelope iconContact Brian directly

Fraud is pervasive in the federal government contracting sector. Government contract fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars per year. Employees and subcontractors play an important role in uncovering fraud and preserving the integrity of the contracting system, and those who come forward are entitled to strong protections under federal law.

Recently, a former employee of one of the world’s largest consulting firms came forward with information about apparent fraudulent billing practices. In response to the former employee’s whistleblower complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted an investigation which resulted in allegations that the firm had improperly billed the federal government for costs unrelated to its government contracts for more than a decade. Without admitting or denying these allegations, the firm agreed to settle for $337.5 million. The DOJ subsequently described the case as “one of the largest procurement fraud settlements in history.”

This is the difference you can make as a government contractor whistleblower. Even if the information you have in your possession doesn’t expose hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent billings, coming forward will still help ensure that the bad actor is held accountable. Not only could this result in the recovery of taxpayer funds, but it could also help prevent government contract fraud in the future.

Legal Representation for Government Contractor Whistleblowers Nationwide

Our whistleblower lawyers represent government contractor employees, subcontractors, and former employees and subcontractors nationwide. If you have information in your possession about government contract fraud, we can help you understand what to expect if you come forward. While deciding to blow the whistle isn’t easy, it is extremely important, and it is critical that you make an informed decision. Our lawyers can explain everything you need to know, and we can represent you every step of the way if you decide to submit a whistleblower complaint to the federal government.

We handle whistleblower complaints against government contractors working with all federal agencies. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)

These are just examples. Each year, agencies across the federal government pay hundreds of billions of dollars to private contractors. All of these government contracts present risks for fraud. If you have information that the government should know, you will be doing the right thing by coming forward, and our lawyers can help ensure that you do not face retaliation or any other negative consequences.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Government Contractor Whistleblowers Are Entitled to Clear Protections Under Federal Law

When you blow the whistle on government contract fraud, you are entitled to clear protections under federal law. You are entitled to remain anonymous if you choose to do so; and, if you provide your identity to the government, you have the right to request that the government keeps your identity confidential. Additionally, regardless of whether you seek to preserve your anonymity, the government contractor you report may not take action against you. Subpart 3.9 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) makes this clear, stating:

“Government contractors shall not discharge, demote or otherwise discriminate against an employee as a reprisal for disclosing information to a Member of Congress, or an authorized official of an agency or of the Department of Justice, relating to a substantial violation of law related to a contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract).”

However, to secure protection as a federal whistleblower, there are certain steps you need to take. If you do not qualify as a whistleblower, the federal whistleblower protections may not apply. Our whistleblower lawyers can assist with ensuring that you are able to secure whistleblower status before you report your information to the federal government; and, if necessary, we can take immediate legal action to enforce your statutory protections on your behalf.

What Constitutes Government Contract Fraud?

Many potential whistleblowers are hesitant to come forward because they aren’t sure whether the information they have in their possession amounts to evidence of actual fraud. But, if you have concerns about a government contractor’s practices, you should not ignore them. Government contract fraud can take many different forms, and it is extremely common. At Oberheiden P.C., we can evaluate your information in complete confidence, and we can determine if you qualify as a whistleblower.

We handle all types of whistleblower claims against all types of federal contractors. This includes (but is not limited to) claims involving common forms of government contract fraud such as:

  • Billing the government for services or items provided under non-government contracts
  • Misrepresenting compliance with federal contract requirements
  • Overbilling federal agencies for services, supplies, materials, or equipment
  • Substituting inferior goods at the contracted price
  • Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) violations

Any false billings, misrepresentations or omissions, or other misleading or inaccurate statements made in connection with a federal government contract have the potential to rise to the level of government contract fraud. When perpetrated in connection with a substantial government contract or over a period of several months or several years, all forms of fraud have the potential to cost taxpayers millions—if not tens of millions or hundreds of millions—of dollars. We are committed to helping whistleblowers hold fraudulent government contractors accountable—and, again, we encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns.

What To Expect as a Government Contractor Whistleblower

What can you expect if you blow the whistle? At Oberheiden P.C., we provide comprehensive and attentive legal representation for our whistleblower clients. Here is what you can expect if you choose our firm to represent you:

  • We Will Maintain Your Information and Identity in Complete Confidence – Unless and until you instruct otherwise, we will not share your information or identity with anyone. If you decide not to blow the whistle, we will maintain your information and identity in complete confidence.
  • We Will Not Make Any Important Decisions Without Your Input – You will control all decisions regarding your whistleblower claim. We will not pressure you in one direction or another, and we will provide the information and insights you need to feel confident in your decision-making.
  • We Will Help You Decide When (and If) to Come Forward – After we review your information in confidence, we will help you decide when (and if) to come forward. Timing can be an important factor in many whistleblower cases.
  • We Will Handle All Communications on Your Behalf – If you decide to come forward, we will handle all communications on your behalf. This includes everything from preparing your whistleblower complaint to working with federal agents during the government’s investigation.
  • We Will Not Charge Any Out-of-Pocket Legal Fees – We do not charge any out-of-pocket legal fees in whistleblower cases. If you receive a whistleblower award from the government, our legal fees will be calculated as a percentage of your award.

FAQs: Blowing the Whistle on a Federal Government Contractor

What information do I need to blow the whistle on a federal government contractor?

To blow the whistle on a federal government contractor, you need information that the contractor has engaged in some form of government contract fraud. While this could mean overbilling the contracting agency, it could also mean engaging in a variety of other fraudulent practices. We have extensive experience representing whistleblowers, and we can advise you whether you have sufficient information to secure protection as a whistleblower.

What consequences can government contractors face if they are found guilty of fraud?

Government contractors found guilty of fraud can face recoupment liability, fines, procurement exclusions, and other penalties. These penalties are designed to protect the government and preserve taxpayer funds, and they play an important role in protecting the integrity of the federal contracting system.

How common is federal government contract fraud?

Federal government contract fraud is extremely common. The DOJ routinely pursues investigations into government contract fraud spurred by whistleblower complaints and government-initiated inquiries.

Will a federal government contractor be able to figure out that I was the one who filed a whistleblower complaint?

Whistleblowers are entitled to confidentiality protections under federal law; and, in most cases, government contractors are large enough that they will not be able to identify a single employee or subcontractor that is a likely whistleblower. We help our clients protect their identities; and, in the event that a contractor identifies a whistleblower, we can take legal action to ensure that the whistleblower does not face retaliation or other adverse action.

Are federal government contractor whistleblowers eligible for compensation awards?

Individuals who blow the whistle on federal government contractor fraud may be eligible for compensation awards under the False Claims Act. If you believe you may have a whistleblower claim, we can determine how much you may be entitled to recover.


Schedule a Confidential Whistleblower Consultation at Oberheiden P.C.

If you would like more information about blowing the whistle on a federal government contractor, we invite you to get in touch. To schedule a confidential whistleblower consultation at Oberheiden P.C., please call 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online today.

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