The Attorney General may delegate the authority to issue civil investigative demands under this subsection. Whenever a civil investigative demand is an express demand for any product of discovery, the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or an Assistant Attorney General shall cause to be served, in any manner authorized by this section, a copy of such demand upon the person from whom the discovery was obtained and shall notify the person to whom such demand is issued of the date on which such copy was served. Any information obtained by the Attorney General or a designee of the Attorney General under this section may be shared with any qui tam relator if the Attorney General or designee determine it is necessary as part of any false claims act 1 investigation.
The certificate shall state that all of the documentary material required by the demand and in the possession, custody, or control of the person to whom the demand is directed has been produced and made available to the false claims law investigator identified in the demand.
If any interrogatory is objected to, the reasons for the objection shall be stated in the certificate instead of an answer. The certificate shall state that all information required by the demand and in the possession, custody, control, or knowledge of the person to whom the demand is directed has been submitted. To the extent that any information is not furnished, the information shall be identified and reasons set forth with particularity regarding the reasons why the information was not furnished.
the custodian shall, upon written request of the person who produced such material, return to such person any such material (other than copies furnished to the false claims law investigator under subsection (f)(2) or made for the Department of Justice under paragraph (2)(B)) which has not passed into the control of any court, grand jury, or agency through introduction into the record of such case or proceeding.
Any person who is designated to be a successor under this paragraph shall have, with regard to such material, answers, or transcripts, the same duties and responsibilities as were imposed by this section upon that person's predecessor in office, except that the successor shall not be held responsible for any default or dereliction which occurred before that designation.
1 So in original. Probably should be "law".
31 U.S.C. § 3733
REFERENCES IN TEXTThe Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, referred to in subsecs. (b)(1)(B), (c)(2), (h)(1), and (j)(6), are set out in the Appendix to Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.The date of enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (l)(1)(B), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 99-562 which was approved Oct. 27, 1986.
AMENDMENTS2009-Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 111-21, §4(c)(1)(A), in introductory provisions, inserted ", or a designee (for purposes of this section)," after "Whenever the Attorney General" and substituted "the Attorney General, or a designee, may, before commencing a civil proceeding under section 3730(a) or other false claims law, or making an election under section 3730(b)," for "the Attorney General may, before commencing a civil proceeding under section 3730 or other false claims law," and, in concluding provisions, substituted "may delegate" for "may not delegate" and inserted at end "Any information obtained by the Attorney General or a designee of the Attorney General under this section may be shared with any qui tam relator if the Attorney General or designee determine it is necessary as part of any false claims act investigation."Subsec. (a)(2)(G). Pub. L. 111-21, §4(c)(1)(B), struck out at end "The Attorney General may not, notwithstanding sectionof title 28, authorize the performance, by any other officer, employee, or agency, of any function vested in the Attorney General under this subparagraph." Subsec. (i)(2)(B). Pub. L. 111-21, §4(c)(2)(A), struck out ", who is authorized for such use under regulations which the Attorney General shall issue" after "Justice". Subsec. (i)(2)(C). Pub. L. 111-21, §4(c)(2)(B), struck out at end "Disclosure of information to any such other agency shall be allowed only upon application, made by the Attorney General to a United States district court, showing substantial need for the use of the information by such agency in furtherance of its statutory responsibilities."Subsec. (l)(8). Pub. L. 111-21, §4(c)(3), added par. (8).
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2009 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 111-21 effective May 20, 2009, and applicable to conduct on or after May 20, 2009, except that this section, as amended by Pub. L. 111-21 applicable to cases pending on May 20, 2009, see section 4(f) of Pub. L. 111-21 set out as a note under sectionof this title.