Organizational Conflicts of Interest: Continuing Evolution
Topic: Ethics & Compliance
Original Air Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Program Code: 170055
In the past few years, the federal government has increasingly scrutinized companies with actual or perceived organizational conflicts of interest. The federal government’s policy aims to prevent biases and favoritism and to promote equal competition. The FAR Council recently published a proposal rule on OCIs.
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- The current state of the law on OCI: what is, and is not, an OCI;
- Recent protest (and False Claim) cases that have highlighted the importance of OCI avoidance and mitigation;
- How to proactively prevent OCIs;
- Elements of an acceptable mitigation plan; and
- The proposed FAR Council changes to the OCI rules
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William Weisberg focuses his practice on government contracts and grants. He represents companies, non-profits and educational institutions entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, including clients selling to defense and civilian federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. Mr. Weisberg represents clients in all phases of the contract and grant process, including cost accounting, bid protests and claims, intellectual property, standards of conduct and ethics, labor and employment regulations, export control, restrictions on foreign goods, performance and termination disputes and security clearance matters. He represents clients ranging from experienced contractors and grantees to those entering the government market for the first time. Mr. Weisberg represents firms doing custom work for the government, as well as organizations selling commercial goods and services, who view the government as just another customer.
Mr. Weisberg’s clients include information technology firms (manufacturers, developers, integrators, and resellers), manufacturing companies, private equity and emerging growth companies, professional service firms, bio-technology, life-sciences and other technology firms, property owners, construction and engineering companies, advertising and public relations agencies and a variety of dealers and resellers of products and services. He also represents non-profits, educational institutions, subcontractors, and sub-grantees.
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Joyce Tong focuses her practice on government contracts and grants. She represents information technology firms, manufacturing companies, and professional service firms entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, in bid protests, ethical and corporate compliance issues, product sourcing compliance (such as the Buy American and Trade Agreement Acts as well as the Berry Amendment) and intellectual property issues. She counsels clients on the interpretation of regulatory and statutory law and the impact of those laws on their government contracts and business in general. Ms. Tong has represented clients in pre- and post- contract award disputes before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office. Ms. Tong is a speaker on these issues and works with the National Contract Management Association.
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