7 do's and 1 don't for avoiding conflicts of interest

Advice on how companies can avoid organizational conflicts of interest

What should a company remember about organizational conflicts of interest? Experts have narrowed down the to-do's to a few do's.

  • Do understand the organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) rules and the different categories of OCIs.
  • Do be particularly attuned to “impaired objectivity” OCIs.
  • Do think broadly. OCIs are created at a companywide level, not simply a division or sector level.
  • Do consider the long-range business plan for a particular procurement.
  • Do be aware that winning a small, preliminary award could create conflicts on a massive, future award.
  • Do be aware of the potential restrictions on follow-on contracts that might accompany system engineering and technical assistance work.
  • Do ensure that every proposal considers and, as required, implements an OCI mitigation plan.
  • Do not simply ignore an institutional competitive advantage when preparing a proposal.

Source: Government Contracts Blog, Sheppard Mullins law firm

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