Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund; amount of reward; duties of the State Inspector General (2013)
Purpose of legislation
This law reduces the minimum recovery required for an award from the Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund from $10,000 to $5,000 and expands the purposes for which the Fund may be used to include supporting the administration of the Fund, defraying Fund advertising costs, and subsidizing the operation of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline, all expenditures for which are capped at five percent of the Fund. Under the bill, all moneys recovered by the Office of the State Inspector General as a result of whistle blower activity and alerts originating in the Office shall be deposited into the Fund. The bill also provides that by the end of each quarter 85 percent of all sums recovered be remitted to the institutions or agencies on whose behalf the recovered sums were secured, unless otherwise directed by a court of law. In addition, the bill (i) authorizes the State Inspector General to split a reward among multiple whistle blowers reporting the same qualifying incident of wrongdoing or abuse, (ii) requires the State Inspector General to submit an annual report to the General Assembly summarizing the activities of the Fund, and (iii) changes the name of the State Employee Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline to the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. The bill contains technical amendments.
|Legislation mandating a change||Chap 572 (2013) Chap 690 (2013)|
|VAC chapters to be amended|
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