Why Do Good Contractors Get In Trouble?

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT) -- By regulation, federal government contractors are required to be honest and have integrity.[1] That is not a goal; it is, in theory, a mandate. That mandate is supported by laws prohibiting bribes, gratuities, kickbacks, conflicts of interest and other nefarious conduct that would undermine the integrity of public procurements.

According to the government, “[t]he public demands honesty and integrity in corporations with which the Government does business.”[2] And, since 2008, the government has required its contractors, with very limited exceptions, to have written codes of conduct,...
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