More Flexible OCI Rule May Benefit Contractors

Law360, New York (June 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT) -- Government contractors may benefit from a proposed governmentwide overhaul of regulations on organizational conflicts of interest, as regulators weigh a more flexible approach that prioritizes competitive fairness and protection of nonpublic information over safeguarding the government's interests.

Under OCI regulations, companies can be barred from competing for government contracts when their relationships with other companies threatens to bias a procurement. But while the contracting industry has changed significantly in the past few decades — with greater industry consolidation and a sharp rise in consulting and advisory...
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