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The Federal Procurement Integrity Act (PIA or F ) prohibits the release of source selection and contractor bid or proposal information. Also, a former employee who served in certain positions on a procurement action or contracts more than $10 million is barred for one year from receiving compensation as an employee or consultant of that contractor.
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The government contract defense attorneys at Watson & Associates help individuals and contractors to defend against allegations of Federal Procurement Integrity Act violations and Anti kickback Act violations under 41 USC 423. Whether you are subject to an investigation, facing possible indictment before a Grand Jury, bidding on federal projects using strategic sourcing or otherwise needing help with procurement management policies and controls, our defense lawyers understand the landmines that await clients in the process.
As Procurement Integrity Act lawyers we understand that simply because there is an allegation of procurement integrity violation, this is not conclusive.
Representation in Related Actions: Given the broad issues involved in procurement integrity, the law firm provides legal services and defense in wide variety of related issues that also include: compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR); Sanctions by Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Sanctions from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
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As a government contractor, you are afforded the right to be treated fairly by procurement officials. Either as a contractor or federal employee staying clear of the Act can avoid unnecessary litigation and possible suspension and debarment.
41 USC 423 More Information About the Statute: The F, was revised by Section 4304 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996. Revisions to the Act became effective January 1, 1997 and focus on key points in the procurement process.
The Government Procurement Integrity Act also commands broad restrictions on contracting parties’ behavior when it comes to conflict of interest and improper disclosure or receipt of procurement information.
Important Federal Procurement PolicyAct 41 USC 423 & FAR 3.104 Anti kickback Act Provisions
Understanding the Procurement Integrity Act violations can save you criminal liability and fines.
The PIA also provides that “[a] person shall not, other than as provided by law, knowingly obtain contractor bid or proposal information or source selection information before the award of a Federal agency procurement contract to which the information relates.” 41 USC 423 (b).
Federal regulation and FAR 3.104-3(a) dictates that a contracting officer who receives or obtains information of a possible violation of the Federal Procurement Integrity Act must determine if the possible violation has any impact on the pending award or selection of the contractor.
If the contracting officer concludes that a violation may impact the procurement, the contracting officer is required to report the matter to the head of the contracting activity (HCA). FAR 3.104-7(b).
The HCA must review the information and take appropriate action, which includes either:
- advising the contracting officer to proceed with the procurement;
- beginning an investigation;
- referring information to appropriate criminal investigative agencies;
- concluding that a violation occurred; or
- recommend to the agency head that a violation has occurred and void or rescind the contract.
The Justice Acquisition Regulation (JAR) further directs the contracting officer to refer possible violations of the Federal Procurement Integrity Act prosecutions to
41 USC 423 Defense and Help For Federal Employees in the Procurement Process
Under the PIA, Federal employees who are involved in federal contracting procurements, strategic sourcing, and the administration of procurements over $100,000 must report contacts with bidders or offerors regarding future employment to their supervisors. Under the Procurement Integrity Act 41 USC 423, they must also disqualify themselves from further participation if they do not immediately reject the contact.
Government contractors must avoid gaining sensitive information from procurement officials since it can create a more advantageous opportunity for your company.
The Washington, DC government contracts attorneys at Watson & Associates can help with Procurement Integrity Act Violations and Conflicts of Interest by the government.
Help With Federal Procurement Policy Act Violations in GAO Bid Protests
GAO Bid Protest Regulations and the statutory Federal Procurement Policy Act provisions require–as a condition precedent to our consideration of an alleged violation–that a protester has reported the matter to the contracting agency within 14 days of becoming aware of the possible violation.
This 14‑day reporting requirement affords procuring agencies an opportunity to timely investigate alleged improprieties before completing a procurement and, in appropriate circumstances, to take remedial action. See 41 USC 423 (e)(3); Honeywell Tech. Solutions, Inc., B-400771, B-400771.2, Jan. 27, 2009, 2009 CPD para. 49 at 9.
FAR 3.104-8 Criminal and Civil Penalties, and Allowable Administrative Remedies
IAW FAR 3.104-8 on Acquisition.gov Criminal and civil penalties, and administrative remedies, may apply to conduct that violates 41 U.S.C. chapter 21 (see 3.104-3). See 33.102(f) for special rules regarding bid protests. See 3.104-7 for administrative remedies relating to contracts.
(b) An offeror who engages in employment discussion with an official subject to the restrictions of 3.104-3, knowing that the official has not complied with 3.104-3(c)(1), is subject to the criminal, civil, or administrative penalties set forth in 41 U.S.C. 2105.
(c) An official who refuses to terminate employment discussions (see 3.104-5) may be subject to agency administrative actions under 5 CFR 2635.604(d) if the official’s disqualification from participation in a particular procurement interferes substantially with the individual’s ability to perform assigned duties.
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