Department of Justice

This is one in a series of profiles on the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists. The awards, presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, recognize outstanding federal employees whose important, behind-the-scenes work is advancing the health, safety and well-being of Americans and are among the most prestigious honors given to civil servants. This profile features a finalist for the Justice and law Enforcement medal Michael Hertz, who until his death in May was deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

To many in the legal community, Michael Hertz was known as “Mr. False Claims Act” for his leading role during the past quarter century in using this important federal law to combat fraud against the federal government. Keep reading →

The Department of Justice has recovered more than $5.6 billion from individuals or entities attempting to defraud the U.S. government in fiscal 2011, including more than $2.9 billion from health care fraud alone, officials announced today.

The recovered funds include both civil and criminal fraud and are attributed to President Obama’s Campaign to Cut Waste and driven in part by unprecedented cooperation between DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services to detect and halt fraud earlier. Keep reading →

Nearly $1.4 billion in surplus dollar coins are sitting in Federal Reserve vaults because so few people want them. So Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced at a cabinet meeting today that the Administration was suspending the production of Presidential dollar coins for circulation. Keep reading →