Defense Contracting Integrity: Opportunities Exist to Improve DOD's Oversight of Contractor Ethics Programs

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Until recently, ethics programs and practices of defense contractors were self-policed. Given the significant sums spent to acquire goods and services, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended twice starting in December 2007 to first mandate and later amplify contractor ethics program rules. Before FAR changes were finalized in December 2008, Congress required GAO to report in 2009 on the ethics programs of major defense contractors. This report (1) describes the extent that contractors had ethics programs before the finalization of the FAR rules that included ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 22, 2009.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Until recently, ethics programs and practices of defense contractors were self-policed. Given the significant sums spent to acquire goods and services, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended twice starting in December 2007 to first mandate and later amplify contractor ethics program rules. Before FAR changes were finalized in December 2008, Congress required GAO to report in 2009 on the ethics programs of major defense contractors. This report (1) describes the extent that contractors had ethics programs before the finalization of the FAR rules that included practices consistent with standards now required by the FAR and (2) assesses the impact the new FAR rules have on Department of Defense (DOD) oversight of contractor ethics programs. To do this work, in September 2008 GAO surveyed all 57 contractors--those receiving more than $500 million in 2006 DOD contract awards--and interviewed DOD contractor oversight agency officials on the impact of the new FAR rules on oversight."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Defense Contracting Integrity: Opportunities Exist to Improve DOD's Oversight of Contractor Ethics Programs, report, September 22, 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301866/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.