Organizational and Personal Conflicts of Interest
Organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) arise when a government contractor's work on one contract gives the contractor an unfair advantage in competing for another contract or when such work would impair the objectivity of the contractor's advice to the government. Jackson Kelly has significant experience guiding clients through OCI issues, both in spotting and avoiding OCIs before they occur and in mitigating the impact of OCIs after they have been discovered. Attorneys also counsel clients in connection with solicitation specific conflict of interest issues.
Jackson Kelly attorneys also regularly advise clients as to restrictions and limitations on hiring former government employees, as well as to compliance with federal bribery laws and agency gratuities policies.
When necessary, attorneys also litigate issues arising out of alleged OCIs and personal conflicts of interest.
Represented large government contractor in connection with developing an OCI mitigation plan.
Advised client on conflict of interest policy for employees addressing the financial conflict of interest rules applicable to medical researchers.
Counseled clients in connection with solicitation specific conflict of interest issues.
Defended Government Accountability Office and court bid protests by alleging a conflict of interest based on awardee’s having hired a former government employee with knowledge of the protesting incumbent’s former contract.
Protested in court a more than $1.1B USPS overnight express mail transportation services contract award, where awardee had offered a job to the head of the government’s technical evaluation panel on the procurement.
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