45 CFR § 1149.73 - What if the investigation indicates criminal misconduct or a violation of the False Claims Act?
(a) Investigating officials may:
(1) Refer allegations of criminal misconduct or a violation of the False Claims Act directly to the Department of Justice for prosecution and/or civil action, as appropriate;
(2) Defer or postpone a report or referral to the reviewing official to avoid interference with a criminal or civil investigation, prosecution or litigation; or
(3) Issue subpoenas under any other statutory authority.
(b) Nothing in this part limits the requirement that NEA employees report suspected false or fraudulent conduct, claims or statements, and violations of criminal law to the NEA Office of Inspector General or to the Attorney General.