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Julie Reed accused federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions of misrepresenting its highest-level security clearance investigations, which she believes failed to meet strenuous government requirements. Following the litigation journey, Reed will receive a 29% share of payment to the U. S. government, resolving her claims that KeyPoint defrauded taxpayers and endangered national security by failing to conduct proper high-level security clearance investigations.
Under the FCA, whistleblowers have a “qui tam” provision that allows them to file a legal complaint on behalf of the government. If the whistleblower wins the case like Reed did, they will receive a share of the proceeds. The statutory maximum for whistleblowers is 30%, and the DOJ opted to reward Reed with a high reward due to her contribution to the eight-year case. “I continue to believe that KeyPoint and the United States Government must protect access to classified information.
“Being a whistleblower was never my aim, but it became my duty because of the oath I took to protect the public trust,” said Reed. “I continue to believe that KeyPoint and the United States Government must protect access to classified information. When contractors like KeyPoint don’t take that responsibility seriously, it puts us all at risk. Unfortunately, the industry has failed to make improvements since 2016, and I fear there is additional wrongdoing yet to be discovered.”