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Ethics in Federal Contracting

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May 10
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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The understanding of Federal ethics laws, regulations, and standards will help you and your organization be prepared to face ethical issues such as bribery, fraud, and other ethical dilemmas that can occur while contracting. You will learn to identify and avoid problem areas through awareness and adherence to ethics laws and regulations. You will use case study exercises and real-world examples to examine situations in which an ethical decision needs to be made.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the meaning and purpose of ethics, particularly as related to federal government employees engaged in acquisition
  • Identify and avoid problem areas through awareness of and adherence to ethics laws and regulations

Course Topics


  • Meaning and Purpose of Ethics
  • Government-Unique Ethical Requirements

Governmentwide Ethics Statutes

  • Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses (18 USC 201)
  • Restrictions on Former Officers, Employees, and Elected Officials of the Executive and Legislative Branches (18 USC 207)
  • Acts Affecting A Personal Financial Interest (18 USC 208)
  • Salary of Government Officials and Employees Payable Only By the United States (18 USC 209)
  • Penalties (18 USC 216)
  • Summary
  • Exercise: Bravo! Case Study
  • Exercise: A Corps Rating Case Study
  • Exercise: SEB Detail Case Study
  • Exercise: Former Employee Case Study
  • Exercise: Self-Employed Consultant Case Study
  • Exercise: Project X Case Study

Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of Executive Branch

  • Goals of the Principles of Ethical Conduct
  • Gifts from Outside Sources
  • Gifts Between Employees
  • Conflicting Financial Interests
  • Impartiality In Performing Official Duties
  • Seeking Other Employment
  • Misuse of Position
  • Outside Activities
  • Summary
  • Exercises and Case Studies


  • False Statements
  • False Claims
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Obstruction of Agency Proceedings
  • Fraud Related to Contract Pricing or Payments
  • Product Substitution
  • Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Restrictions on Obtaining and Disclosing Certain Information

  • Definitions
  • Procurement Information
  • Employment Issues
  • Limitation on Protests
  • Savings Provisions
  • Summary
  • Exercises

Other Ethical Considerations in Government Contracting

  • Gratuities
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Antitrust Violations
  • Buying-In
  • Subcontractor Kickbacks
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Remedies for Contractor Misconduct

  • Remedies Related to a Particular Contract
  • Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility
  • Summary
  • Case Studies

Who should attend

This course is for both federal government and contractor personnel that need to understand federal ethics laws, regulations, and standards.

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