Strike Force vs. Collusion

The Justice Department has created a new interagency partnership to battle procurement and antitrust crimes, the Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF). The PCSF is comprised of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Inspectors General for multiple Federal agencies. (Justice.gov)

The PCSF will “deter, detect, investigate and prosecute antitrust crimes and related criminal schemes,” according to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. He feels many open investigations are related to procurement crimes. Last year alone, the federal government spent almost $500 billion on contracts for goods and services. The overcharge stemming from illegal actions can be significant not only to the government but to all taxpayers as well.  (Government Executive, November 5, 2019)

Bid-rigging is alive and real. According to the Justice Department, earlier this year five Korean oil companies were prosecuted for bid-rigging contracts to provide fuel to U.S. military bases. The PCSF uses data analytics to identify occurrences of procurement collusion. The website has a complaint form, training materials, and legal resources for anyone who believes they have witnessed suspicious activity. (ibid)

Questions about the new interagency partnership? Give us a call.

Heads Up! Great Opportunity for Schedule 70 Holders

The FBI has decided not to hold a full and open competition for spots on the Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contract (known also as ITSSS). They have decided instead to award to vendors that already hold contracts on the GSA IT Schedule 70.

The bureau announced back in the spring that ITSSS would remain a single contract made up of multiple tracks. The tracks are being revised, however: the BPA will only include vendors with pre-vetted tools and services available on Schedule 70, thereby greatly reducing the competitive pool.

The six tracks currently proposed are:

• end-user services

• business applications services

• delivery services

• platform services

• infrastructure services

• emerging services

Between 15 and 22 spots on each of the six tracks are expected to be awarded, totaling between 90 and 132 awards. However, one single company could win spots on multiple tracks. Each track will include 10 to 15 large businesses and 5 to 7 small business. This presents a fantastic opportunity for many of our Schedule 70 clients. Now is the time to get out and market market market to FBI purchasing agents!

Not on the Schedule yet? Give us a call at 301-913-5000 or email Melissa Botello.