Questionable activities were commonplace in the procurement industry long before the Procurement Integrity Act passed in the late 80s. From small-scale construction projects to multimillion dollar research and development proposals, there have been cases of espionage, bid tampering, and similar crimes.
Penalties are harsh at any level, but contractors and procurement professionals working with federal projects pay dearly for participating in any sort of unethical bidding activities. Ian Colle and his former employer, Paragon Dynamics, are the most recent example.
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