Proposed OCI Rules
May 20, 2010
The Department of Defense has issued proposed rules regarding organizational conflicts of interest (“OCI”), which would apply to all DoD procurements. Even for non-DoD contractors, these proposed rules merit careful attention because it is likely that the revisions to the FAR OCI provisions (which are currently underway) will closely resemble the proposed DoD rules. The proposed rules generally track decades of GAO and Court of Federal Claims decisions interpreting FAR 9.5. But there are some new elements as well. For instance, if implemented, these new rules would require many contractors to submit extensive disclosures - e.g., "any other work performed on contracts, subcontracts, grants, cooperative agreements, or other transactions within the past five years that is associated with the offer it plans to submit" - to allow agencies to analyze actual and potential OCIs. In addition, the proposed rules, implementing a specific mandate from the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, would prohibit (subject to a few limited exceptions) a contractor performing systems engineering and technical assistance functions for a major acquisition program from participating as a contractor or major subcontractor in the development or construction of a weapon system under such program.
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