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Federal Contracting: Ethics Compliance and Enforcement

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  • FClass full
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  • RRemote Classroom
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Session Schedule Location Tuition Status
Jan 10 - Jan 11, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Washington , DC $699 O
Apr 25 - Apr 26, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Washington , DC $699 O
Aug 22 - Aug 23, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Washington , DC $699 O
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Course overview

Procurement fraud scandals have prompted a tightening as well as an expansion of the regulatory requirements concerning ethics and standards of conduct. Both government contracting personnel and industry personnel need to understand what is expected of them with respect to procurement integrity and conflicts of interest, including the FAR provisions on contractor ethics. This course explains the key procurement ethics laws and regulations, as well as the role of key government entities involved in overseeing and enforcing those laws and regulations. It includes the text of selected regulations and guidance as well as references to public and private sector sources of information.

Who should attend?

Government personnel, including but not limited to contracting officers/contract specialists, program/project managers, contracting officer's representatives (CORs), and other agency or contractor personnel involved in acquisition.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize and apply the principles of ethical behavior in Federal procurement
  • Describe administrative debarment and suspension procedures and the administrative tools available to the Contracting Officer for ensuring contractor responsibility
  • Differentiate between a personal and an organizational conflict of interest
  • Identify and explain the requirements of the Procurement Integrity Act
  • Explain the whistleblower (qui tam) provisions of the civil False Claims Act
  • Describe the FAR rule regarding the contractor business ethics compliance program and mandatory disclosure requirements
  • Explain the roles of the Office of Government Ethics, inspectors general, ethics officials, and corporate compliance and ethics officers

Course outline

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Day 1

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Course Overview
  • Lesson 1: General Principles of Ethical Behavior in Federal Procurement
  • Lesson 2: The Roles of GAO, DOJ, the IGs, OGE, and OSC


  • Lesson 3: The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (Organizations)
  • Lesson 4: Debarment and Suspension
  • Lesson 5: The False Claims Act Whistleblower Provisions

Day 2

  • Review of Day 1
  • Lesson 6: Conflicts of Interest and the Procurement Integrity Act
  • Lesson 7: The FAR Contractor Business Ethics Program and Disclosure Requirements
  • Lesson 7: The FAR Contractor Business Ethics Program and Disclosure Requirements (continued)
  • Lesson 8: DOD-Specific Requirements (selected)
  • Appendix A: Checklists for Federal Employees and Contractor Employees

    Course Summary, Evaluations and Certificates

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