Failure to Resolve Conflict of Interest Requires Re-Do

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently was called upon, for the first time, to consider circumstances where an agency knowingly failed to investigate and resolve whether an agency employee who actively engaged in procurement-related activities should have been recused from those activities due to an apparent conflict of interest arising from the employee’s prior employment by the incumbent contractor (a potential offeror for the follow-on services). Satellite Tracking of People, LLC [STOP], B-411845; B-411845.2, Nov. 6, 2015. In a stinging rebuke to the agency, GAO first expressed concern as to why the agency failed to obtain …read more

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