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PCI a Non-Issue for Contractors

In the debate surrounding PCI, it’s worth noting that of 22 contractors audited by GAO, 18 of them already had written policies to prevent personal conflicts of interest within their workforce.  Many contractors model their safeguards on “the financial disclosure process used for DOD employees covered by federal conflict of …

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New PCI Regulations Mean New Costs

According to a 2008 GAO report, the government employees closest to the PCI situation, DoD program managers, generally agree that standard safeguards are needed for contractor employees participating in the acquisition process. However, most departments of the DoD already have safeguards in place against PCI, and “a number of program …

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PCI and Contractors: Uncertainty and Doubt

A lot of ambiguity exists in personal conflicts of interest regulations for contractors.  The rules are not well defined and vary from agency to agency.  Take a look at the chart below: Bribery and graft are obviously verboten, but there is a lot of grey area when it comes to …

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Personal Conflicts of Interest and “Inherently Governmental” Functions

What does the PCI picture look like from the government’s perspective? The GAO describes DoD contractor employees as “closely supporting inherently governmental functions” but notes that some DoD officials have a different perspective. Program managers that the GAO interviewed say contractor employees provide “technical” input into the decision-making process as …

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FDA Considers Regulations for Health IT Systems

After reports emerged of patient deaths and several dozens of injuries linked to malfunctions in the health IT (HIT) systems, the Food and Drug Administration is now considering regulating the new technology for the first time ever. In a testimony prepared for a government hearing yesterday, Jeffrey Shuren, director of …

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Open Government: A Guide to the Federal Dashboards

Open government is a major priority for the Obama White House, and top officials like Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and CTO Aneesh Chopra are vocal supporters of making agency budget and regulatory information publicly available online.  Below, we’ve chronicled some of the federal government’s open government success stories. OIRA Dashboard …

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Tracking the Progress of Open Government

In the most recent movement towards implementation of the Open Government Directive, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra unveiled the launch of Open Government Dashboard, a web page designed to enable the public to track the progress of federal agencies in meeting deadlines for increased transparency. The …

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