Is the Procurement Collusion Strike Force a New Frontier for Cartel Enforcement?

As governments on every level ramp up their responses to the pandemic, companies may find themselves doing business with government agencies in new and unexpected ways, and as a result under more scrutiny than ever. One source of oversight is the Procurement Collusion Strike Force, an interagency partnership that expands and formalizes prior efforts to combat bid-rigging and other antitrust violations in government contracting at the federal, state and local levels. In a guest article, Crowell & Moring partner Daniel Zelenko and counsel Megan Wolf discuss how the Procurement Collusion Strike Force, announced by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in late 2019, differs from past antitrust task forces and how companies can avoid becoming the subject of an investigation. See “How Anti-Corruption and Antitrust Enforcement Align” (Jan. 22, 2020).  

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