The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. Section 3729 et. seq., allows private persons to bring a qui tam action against another who has defrauded the federal government by knowingly presenting a false claim for payment. A false claim may involve a false record, receipt, statement or other representations made to the government. In such actions, qui tam plaintiffs file suit on behalf of themselves and the United States, and, if successful, will be entitled to share in any recovery with the federal government. Qui tam actions may be brought by employees, former employees, competitors, subcontractors, state and local governments, current and former federal employees, public interest groups, corporations, and other private organizations.