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Don’t Take Yourself out of the Game: Mitigating the Risk of an Organizational Conflict of Interest in Federal Contracts


In this article, published by Cyber Defense e–Magazine, Michelle Litteken addresses organizational conflict of interest – or OCI – risks for cybersecurity and IT services, OCIs caused by subcontractors, and lays out a framework on how to mitigate an OCI. Michelle states that nearly every solicitation for a federal government contract contains a provision pertaining to an OCI and these provisions are important, as the existence of an OCI can result in the loss of a contract. Michelle reviews the three types of OCIs: Unequal Access to Information, Biased Ground Rules, and Impaired Objectivity, and indicates that for all mitigation strategies, proactive OCI identification, prior to bidding on the contract, is critical.

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