On November 5, 2019, the U.S.Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, announced the formation of a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) focusing on detecting, investigating, and prosecuting antitrust crimes, such as bid-rigging conspiracies and related fraudulent schemes, which undermine competition in government procurement, grant, and program funding.

Link: DOJ Announces Strike Force to Combat Procurement Fraud

The PCSF will lead a national effort to protect taxpayer-funded projects at the federal, state, and local level from antitrust violations and related crimes. Federal prosecutors and agents will work together to uncover those individuals and companies who would attempt to compromise government procurement processes.

At the press conference announcing the Strike Force, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division cautioned, “the investigation and prosecution of individuals and organizations that cheat, collude and seek to undermine the integrity of government procurement are priorities for this administration.”

Luckily, the highly skilled attorneys at Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard, who already have vast experience representing clients on procurement fraud cases, can help you defend these types of prosecutions throughout the world, such as contract letting involving U.S. military bases and federally funded aid projects abroad.