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Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force Caps Off Successful Inaugural Year by Adding Eleven...

On the first anniversary of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force, the DOJ touts its efforts combatting antitrust and related schemes in government procurement, grant, and program funding at all levels of government. The PCSF will be expanded in its second year by adding nine new regional U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office […]
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DOJ Procurement Collusion Strike Force Announces a Permanent Director and Brings Its First Public...

Last November, the Department of Justice announced that it was forming a government procurement collusion strike force comprised of prosecutors from both the DOJ Antitrust Division and United States Attorney’s offices from across the country, the FBI, and Inspectors General from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Postal Service and the General Services Administration. Now, nearly […]
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Procurement Collusion Strike Force Brings First Case Against Government Contractor in North Carolina

Late Friday, the Department of Justice announced its first charges under the Procurement Collusion Strike Force. A federal grand jury seated in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a six-count indictment against Ohio-based Contech Engineered Solutions LLC and its former executive for their involvement in a decade-long conspiracy to rig bids for North Carolina Department of […]
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DOJ Compliance Program Guidance Shows Value of a Compliance Committee

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advises that the DOJ’s updated guidance on corporate compliance programs contains practical advice for in-house legal and compliance teams in structuring their programs. For a company to meet prosecutorial expectations and position itself for positive resolutions, executives should create and empower a compliance committee to tailor policies and […]
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DOJ Civil Division Issues Guidance On Assessing Inability-to-Pay Claims

On September 4, the Acting Assistant Attorney General issued guidance to the Department of Justice's Civil Division on evaluating inability-to-pay claims. “Assessing an Entity’s...

Data Analytics Drive DOJ’s PPP Fraud Enforcement, Top Official Says

The Justice Department has identified hundreds of people suspected of illegally obtaining COVID-relief business loans, and pledges to aggressively prosecute fraud against the program. The agency’s criminal division has charged 57 people with fraudulently seeking to steal more than a combined $175 million in loans through the Payroll Protection Program. Brian Rabbitt, acting head of […]
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What You Should Know About the Second Edition of the DOJ’s and SEC’s FCPA...

The Criminal Division of the DOJ and Enforcement Division of the SEC recently published the second edition of A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This update attempts to capture several notable enforcement actions, governmental policies, and judicial decisions since 2012, as well as more recent statistical data. It sheds light on […]
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Updated DOJ Compliance Guidance Must be Reviewed and Implemented in Light of Privacy Regulations

In June, the U.S. Department of Justice updated its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guidance. While the Guidance is intended to assist prosecutors by providing factors to consider in evaluating the effectiveness of a company’s compliance program in the context of a criminal investigation, it also is a useful tool for companies implementing and evaluating […]
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New Cooperation Agreement Between the DOJ Antitrust Division and SEC

The DOJ Antitrust Division and Securities and Exchange Commission have signed their first formal agreement: an interagency Memorandum of Understanding to allow for more cooperation and communication between the two agencies, in hopes of improving competition in the securities industry. The MOU provides for regular discussions and meetings between the two agencies to review law […]
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Antitrust Division Update Affirms Continued Efforts of Procurement Collusion Strike Force

As part of its 2020 Update, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division highlighted the ongoing work of its Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF), with Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim specifically noting the work of the PCSF in his personal remarks. Calling the response to the PCSF “overwhelmingly positive”, Delrahim underscored the Division’s priority of enforcing the criminal […]
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