DOJ Creates Task Force on Preventing Antitrust Crimes in Gov’t Procurement

The Department of Justice has established a Procurement Collusion Strike Force aimed at identifying, investigating and prosecuting antitrust crimes such as fraudulent schemes in government contracting and program funding.

DOJ said Tuesday that PCSF will bring together prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FBI officials and partner Offices of Inspector General to lead efforts to secure taxpayer-funded projects against antitrust violations and similar crimes.

“The PCSF will train and educate procurement officials nationwide to recognize and report suspicious conduct in procurement, grant and program funding processes,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim at a press conference in Washington, D.C. “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who violate our antitrust laws to cheat the American taxpayer.”

The task force will initially focus on 13 districts across the country.

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