Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 Law and Legal Definition

The Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (Act) of 1986 is a federal legislation that provides administrative remedies against anyone making false claims or written statements to any federal agencies. The Act is codified in 31 USCS prec § 3801 through 31 USCS prec § 3812. It is also known as Mini False Claims Act.

The Act enables the government to recover certain amounts in administrative proceedings and permit a person to make payments against a false claim. The Act facilitates a more streamlined administrative process and also helps in reducing caseloads of federal courts, where False Claims Act complaints often remain under seal for years.

The Act also establishes administrative procedures for executive agencies to use against anyone who makes a false claim or false statement to the agency which the person knows or has reason to know is false, fictitious, or fraudulent. The Act in effect establishes an additional legal remedy.