Especially with budgets tightening, the federal
government is increasingly focused on whether recipients of federal funds have properly used and
accounted for federal dollars. Mistakes - or worse -- with federal money carry substantial
risks. The Federal False Claims Act (FCA), one of the enforcement
tools used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal agencies,
provides not only for civil liability but also criminal penalties and significant monetary
Colleges, universities and non-profits have not escaped the government's
scrutiny; on the contrary, they have encountered costly investigations and
serious penalties for non-compliance with government rules.
Our panel, comprised of experienced government lawyers, defense counsel and a
forensic accountant, will discuss how to avoid running afoul of these rules and
how to respond when the government comes calling, with a specific focus on
higher education and non-profit recipients of federal funding. Join us as
we walk you through the risks and teach you how to protect yourself and your
institution. At the conclusion of the presentation, the panelists will
field questions from attendees.
1. Government investigations and the role of the
Office of Inspector General
2. The role of compliance
3. Current enforcement trends and risk areas with a focus on
4. False Claims Act liability
5. Responding to
a government inquiry
Fara Damelin, Esq.
Investigative Attorney - National
Science Foundation, Office
of Inspector General
Simon Platt, CPA, CFF, FCA
Michael D. Ricciuti, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP
Paul W. Shaw, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP
Jeremy M. Sternberg, Esq.
Assitant U.S. Attorney - U.S. Attorney's