Don't Let Organizational Conflicts Haunt Your Gov't Contract

Law360 (March 18, 2019, 3:26 PM EDT) -- A recent bid protest decision by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a reminder to government procurement officials and would-be government contractors of the importance of using the correct standards to identify and mitigate potential organizational conflicts of interests, or OCI.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation requires contracting officers to avoid, neutralize or mitigate potential significant conflicts of interest to prevent an unfair competitive advantage or the existence of conflicting roles that might impair a contractor's objectivity. The identification of conflicts of interest is a fact-specific inquiry that requires the exercise of considerable discretion.

In considering whether there is an actual or...

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