Call now: 252-767-6166  
Oracle Training Oracle Support Development Oracle Apps

 E-mail Us
 Oracle Articles
New Oracle Articles

 Oracle Training
 Oracle Tips

 Oracle Forum
 Class Catalog

 Remote DBA
 Oracle Tuning
 Emergency 911
 RAC Support
 Apps Support
 Oracle Support

 SQL Tuning

 Oracle UNIX
 Oracle Linux
 Remote s
 Remote plans
 Application Server

 Oracle Forms
 Oracle Portal
 App Upgrades
 SQL Server
 Oracle Concepts
 Software Support

 Remote S


 Consulting Staff
 Consulting Prices
 Help Wanted!


 Oracle Posters
 Oracle Books

 Oracle Scripts

Don Burleson Blog 







Oracle whistleblower asks for $42,000,000 reward

Oracle News by Burleson Consulting

June 18, 2015

This article reports on a 2007 lawsuit now being joined by the United States Government Department of Justice against Oracle Corporation, led by an ex-Oracle employee who alleges that Oracle denied discounts that it normally gave to non-government customers.

Ex-Oracle employee Paul Frascella brought this lawsuit back in 2007 under the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue a company on behalf of the federal government.  He's seeking 25% of all damages, which may reach up to $169 million dollars, giving Frascella up to $42,000,000.  

His lawsuit was kept “under seal” since 2007, and it has now been made public after US Department of Justice has joined Frascella has decided to join the lawsuit against Oracle, alleging that Oracle overcharged American taxpayers.

“Taxpayers overpaid for each Oracle software product by the amount of discounts and reductions from other commercial pricing practices that should applied to each such purchase."

InformationWeek goes even further, suggesting that Oracle is required to reveal all of their deep discounts, suggesting that a software vendor is required to disclose their confidential business practices to government bureaucrats. 

GSA restrictions

According to the lawsuit, the Government Service Office (GSA) allows a software vendor to list their products in government catalogs after certifying that they have given the United States their most favorable deep discounts, equal to or greater than their largest commercial discounts.

The False Claims Act

The False Claims Act is also known as the “Lincoln Law” is a whistleblower law that allows individual to file lawsuits on behalf of the United States Government.

The False Claims Act deal appears to deal with clear criminal fraud activity, something that Frascella does not allege in his lawsuit.  Further, the False Claims Act does not require Oracle, (or any other vendor) to give the United States a discount on their goods and services.   This lawsuit is also fishy because if these allegations were true, criminal charges would have been filed.

Critical Analysis

The problem with this lawsuit is that Oracle has made very generous deals with the United States Government, most notably in 2001 when CEO Larry Ellison offered to give America a free National ID system to help prevent terrorism, an offer worth tens of millions of dollars. 

Other State governments enjoy deep-discounts on Oracle via all-you-can-eat licenses, and Oracle Academy generously provides licenses to public schools. 

The DOJ is going to have a tough road to hoe by proving that Oracle has been less than generous with the American taxpayer.

Get the Complete
Oracle SQL Tuning Information 

The landmark book "Advanced Oracle SQL Tuning  The Definitive Reference"  is filled with valuable information on Oracle SQL Tuning. This book includes scripts and tools to hypercharge Oracle 11g performance and you can buy it for 30% off directly from the publisher.



Burleson is the American Team

Note: This Oracle documentation was created as a support and Oracle training reference for use by our DBA performance tuning consulting professionals.  Feel free to ask questions on our Oracle forum.

Verify experience! Anyone considering using the services of an Oracle support expert should independently investigate their credentials and experience, and not rely on advertisements and self-proclaimed expertise. All legitimate Oracle experts publish their Oracle qualifications.

Errata?  Oracle technology is changing and we strive to update our BC Oracle support information.  If you find an error or have a suggestion for improving our content, we would appreciate your feedback.  Just  e-mail:  

and include the URL for the page.


Burleson Consulting

The Oracle of Database Support

Oracle Performance Tuning

Remote DBA Services


Copyright © 1996 -  2020

All rights reserved by Burleson

Oracle ® is the registered trademark of Oracle Corporation.



Oracle Training at Sea
oracle dba poster

Follow us on Twitter 
Oracle performance tuning software 
Oracle Linux poster