Is your compliance program ready to address two emerging regulatory enforcement trends: procurement collusion and foreign influence?

Recent DOJ enforcement activities have focused on two areas:

  • Increased risk of antitrust and collusion in the procurement processes and
  • The threat of foreign governments and bad actors infiltrating organizations who receive federal funding through contracts and grants
Procurement collusion

Current market conditions, the global pandemic, and economic uncertainty have increased the likelihood of antitrust and/or false claim activity.

Federal, state and local governments are rapidly dispersing funding and intervening in business operations and supply chains, which can compound antitrust and False Claims Act (FCA) risks, especially in public procurement.

With speed comes increased stress on typical procurement practices and controls, creating potential opportunities for bad actors and/or the increased probability of unintentional violation of laws.

Threat of foreign influence

Increased regulatory scrutiny from DOJ is being observed related to the threat of foreign influence from bad actors and/or foreign governments.

Foreign governments, foreign controlled entities and foreign individuals are using federally funded contracts and grants provided to organizations to illegally benefit and potentially steal research and technologies.

These threats are appearing across industries including healthcare, research institutions, and industrial products.

In order to prepare for additional enforcement in these areas, compliance programs should be assessed to identify opportunities to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Well designed addressing multiple enforcement risks

  • Adequately resourced and empowered to function effectively

  • Working in practice and not just on paper

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Manny A. Alas

Partner, Global FCPA Leader, PwC US

Philip Koos

Partner, PwC US

Richard Meene

Managing Director, PwC US

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