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DOJ Takes Aim at Collusion in Government Procurement with New Strike Force

Government Contracts Insights

11 Nov 2019

On November 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) focused on deterring, detecting, investigating, and prosecuting antitrust crimes, especially bid-rigging, in government procurement at the federal, state, and local levels. This follows several criminal indictments in the past year of bid rigging among government contractors, as well as recent statements by senior DOJ Antitrust Division (Division) officials that the DOJ intends to aggressively pursue anti-competitive conduct impacting government purchasers. Companies who contract with the U.S. government should be aware of this development and several related considerations, including the Division’s recent change of policy incentivizing antitrust compliance programs.

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