October 30, 2020 Feature

An Update from the Procurement Collusion Strike Force: One Year In

James W. Attridge, Christina J. Brown, and Eyitayo “Tee” St. Matthew-Daniel

Last year, the Antitrust Division’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement, Richard Powers, spoke at the Public Contract Law Section’s Procurement Symposium. He emphasized the Division’s long history of criminal enforcement involving government contracting and explained the Division’s desire to contribute “to the important dialogue about public procurement issues, in which the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section has been a leading voice for over six decades.”1 Since that address, the Division’s efforts to detect antitrust wrongs affecting public procurement have expanded, strengthened by a first-of-its-kind interagency partnership. As a result, public contract lawyers and their clients should continue to be attuned to antitrust risks.

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