The “qui tam” statutes (such as the False Claims Act) that enable members of the public to file lawsuits on behalf of the government and to seek financial penalties have been “reviled… as a breeding ground for viperous vermin and parasites,” observes a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But they have also been a uniquely effective instrument for combating fraudulent activity. See “Qui Tam: The False Claims Act and Related Federal Statutes,” August 6, 2009, and “Qui Tam: An Abbreviated Look at the False Claims Act and Related Federal Statutes,” August 6, 2009.
Other noteworthy new CRS reports obtained by Secrecy News include the following (all pdf).
“Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2001-2008,” September 4, 2009 (first reported by the New York Times on September 7).
“North Korea: Economic Leverage and Policy Analysis,” August 14, 2009.
“U.S. Tree Planting for Carbon Sequestration,” May 4, 2009.
“Carbon Sequestration in Forests,” August 6, 2009.
“Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status,” August 11, 2009.