Procurement Collusion Strike Force
The Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) leads a coordinated national response to combat antitrust crimes and related schemes in government procurement, grant, and program funding at all levels of government—Federal, state, and local. The PCSF is comprised of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Inspectors General for multiple Federal agencies.
Training: Strike Force attorneys and agents are available to provide training to other law enforcement agents, auditors, and procurement personnel to assist them in identifying and preventing collusion and fraud in the competitive bidding process.
Enforcement: If collusive conduct is discovered, the Strike Force stands ready to investigate and criminally prosecute the individuals and corporations seeking to unjustly profit from these tragedies.
Collusion and anticompetitive conduct that subvert the competitive bidding process include:
- Bid rigging: Two or more firms agree to bid in such a way that a designated firm submits the winning bid.
- Price fixing: Two or more competing sellers agree on what prices to charge, such as by agreeing that they will increase prices a certain amount or that they won't sell below a certain price.
- Customer or market allocation: Two or more firms agree to split up customers, such as by geographic area, to reduce or eliminate competition.
These agreements are generally secret, and the participants defraud customers by holding themselves out as competitors despite their agreement not to compete. They harm consumers and taxpayers by causing them to pay more for products and services and by depriving them of other byproducts of true competition.
Reporting Possible Violations
The PCSF Tip Center receives and reviews complaints, concerns, and tips regarding individuals and/or organizations potentially engaged in antitrust crimes—such as price fixing, bid rigging, and related schemes—affecting government procurement, grant, and program funding.
If your antitrust concerns do not involve government procurement, grant, and/or program funding, please report your concern to the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center.
Please keep in mind that the Antitrust Division is prohibited from giving legal advice to private individuals.
How to Report Possible Violations
In this 5-page online form, you are asked to submit who was involved, what government contract, grant, or program was affected, and what happened. You may optionally choose to provide your name and contact information.
If you have information about a possible antitrust violation affecting government procurement, grant, and/or program funding, you may submit your concern by email, or by regular mail to:
Procurement Collusion Strike Force Tip Center
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
When making a submission by email or mail, please use the following questions as a guide to describe your concern:
- Who Was Involved?
What are the names of the companies and/or people involved in the suspected antitrust violation(s) affecting government procurement?
- What Government Contract, Grant, or Program Was Affected?
What is the government contract, grant, or program affected by the suspected illegal conduct?
- What Happened?
Can you describe the conduct you suspect violates the law, including:
• What products and/or services are the subject of the government contract, grant, or program?
• What suspected illegal conduct occurred (for example, bid rigging, price fixing, allocating a market or customers)?
• When did it happen?
• Where did it happen?
• Who was involved and how?
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
Training on Collusion for Inspectors General and Procurement Officials
The PCSF is committed to working with the Inspectors General of agencies receiving Federal funds, as well as government procurement officials, to train individuals at all levels of the funding process to better deter and detect antitrust crimes affecting government procurement, grant, and program funding.
- Who needs to be trained?: Federal, state, and local agency procurement and grant officers, as well as agency auditors and investigators.
- What is the focus of training?: Identifying the red flags of collusion.
- What are the goals of training?:
- Prevent collusion and related crimes in the process of awarding contracts and grants.
- Identify and investigate possible collusion and related crimes relating to contracts or grants that have been awarded for potential criminal prosecution.
To schedule training or request more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Antitrust Laws and You: Learn about antitrust laws
Procurement Collusion Strike Force Showcase Presentation (September 16, 2020)
Press Releases and Speeches
Director of the Justice Department's Procurement Collusion Strike Force Daniel Glad Delivers Remarks to the Seventh Annual White-Collar Criminal Forum at the University of Richmond Law School (September 14, 2023)
Two Additional Municipal Employees Plead Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy (February 27, 2023)
Municipal Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Conspiracy (February 2, 2023)
Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging (January 17, 2023)
Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Bribery (November 14, 2022)
Insulation Contracting Firm Sentenced for Rigging Bids (November 7, 2022)
Executive Pleads Guilty to Criminal Attempted Monopolization (October 31, 2022)
Former Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Bribery (October 3, 2022)
Insulation Contracting Firm and Co-Owner Sentenced for Rigging Bids and Fraud (September 30, 2022)
Director of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force Daniel Glad Delivers Remarks at ABA Section of Public Contract Law’s Public Procurement Symposium: The Procurement Collusion Strike Force: A Whole-of-Government Approach to Combating a Whole-of-Government Problem (October 13, 2021)
Justice Department Announces Procurement Collusion Strike Force: a Coordinated National Response to Combat Antitrust Crimes and Related Schemes in Government Procurement, Grant and Program Funding (November 5, 2019)
Related Internet Sites
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Inspectors General
- Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General
- Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General
- Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General
- Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General
- Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General
- Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
- Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General
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Daniel W. Glad, Director
Sandra B. Talbott, Assistant Director
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Room 3322
Washington, DC 20530-0001