Coming OCI Rule Could Stabilize Gov't Contracts Law

Law360, Washington (March 23, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT) -- Forthcoming regulations on organizational conflicts of interest, long overdue for an update, could bring welcome stability to an uncertain area of government contracts law, attorneys said Friday.

Under OCI regulations, companies can be barred from competing for government contracts when their relationships with other companies threaten to bias a procurement. The rules have remained unchanged for decades, but the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is preparing to finalize a rule, proposed in April 2011, that would overhaul the government’s treatment of such conflicts to allow more leeway...
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