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Federal Contract Management
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Ethics in Government Contracting


Editor-in-Chief: Norman A. Steiger

Chapter Summary


This chapter from Federal Contract Management--A Manual for the Contract Professional provides an overview of ethics in government contracting. It reviews the federal agencies charged with regulating the avoidance, detection, and prosecution of fraud, waste, and abuse in government contracting. The chapter describes the standards of ethical conduct for government employees, including the standards issued by the Office of Government Ethics and Department of Defense standards of conduct.

The chapter next explains provisions, laws, and regulations regarding gratuities, bribery, and kickbacks. It then details the provisions of the Procurement Integrity Amendments and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The chapter additionally discusses independent pricing, collusive bidding, contractor teaming agreements, organizational conflicts of interest, and fraud in contract performance. It further addresses the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, as well as qui tam suits. The chapter also includes related forms, such as defense industry initiatives on business ethics and conduct, a sample contractor compliance program, and a sample ethics guide for government employees.

Federal Contract Management--A Manual for the Contract Professional (Matthew Bender) covers all major aspects of the federal government contracting (procurement) process, from basic concepts to sophisticated strategies, and it supplies abundant practical advice and tips for successful bidding for contracting work with governmental agencies and guidance on managing contract performance. This publication offers practical and in-depth discussions of contract administration, contract methods and types, proposals, negotiation techniques, bids and awards, contract changes, social policy considerations, contract performance, dispute resolution, government remedies, ethical considerations, and homeland security issues. It also includes citations to key administrative and court decisions, statutes, and regulations, as well as various forms and exhibits.


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See Chapter 1 for information on the authority of the government to contract for goods and services.

See Chapter 2 for information on the contract administration function.

See Chapter 6 for information on bids and awards.

See Chapter 15 for information regarding inspection, acceptance, delivery, and warranty.

See Chapter 16 for information on control of performance.


See Government Contracts: Law, Administration & Procedures (Matthew Bender) for extensive coverage of nearly every aspect of government contract law and practice, including allowable and unallowable costs, contract officer responsibilities, performance, excusable delay, bid submission procedures, and profit margins.

See Corbin on Contracts (Matthew Bender) for exhaustive and authoritative analysis of all the rules of contract law, including all exceptions and variations.

See Murray on Contracts (Matthew Bender) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the law of contracts. It includes citation tables to Restatement and UCC sections, as well as the text of the United Nations convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

See Accounting for Government Contracts: Federal Acquisition Regulation (Matthew Bender) for thorough coverage of all aspects of government contract accounting with particular emphasis on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). It discusses the applicability of the FAR, the relationship between the FAR and Cost Accounting Standards, FAR cost principles, terminations, changes and delays, and government contract taxation and financial reporting.

See Construction Law (Matthew Bender) for coverage of every aspect of the construction process, from the initial bid, to drafting and performance of the contract, to subsequent claims, disputes, and litigation.
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