TASC Positive on DoD OCI Ruling

TASC is familiar with the organizational conflict of interest discussion.

The firm was spun off by parent Northrop Grumman in 2009 to comply with shifting OCI regulation and since then has experienced an impressive time of growth and prosperity.

Here’s a statement issued by the firm on the DoD’s newly scaled-down OCI restrictions:

“TASC is pleased that the Department of Defense has once again recognized the importance of engaging independent, objective contractors to provide advanced technical expertise and unbiased program evaluation.

“We are gratified that the final rule eliminates a policy preference for the mere mitigation of organizational conflicts of interest.  However, we believe that the rule should have gone further to establish a strict preference for avoidance of OCIs, and that the rule should be applied to all DOD procurements instead of focusing only on major defense acquisition programs.  We are encouraged that the Department of Defense has recognized the potential for the federal government to implement a government-wide OCI-avoidance rule that will cover all federal acquisitions.

“Through a corporate divestiture in 2009, TASC was the first unit of a major defense company to join the ranks of OCI-free contractors, and similar divestitures have occurred in recent months. With this changing competitive landscape, the government no longer needs to endure the cumbersome costs and processes associated with managing OCIs in order to obtain the expertise it needs.

“We thank the Department of Defense for its careful consideration of the many comments it received, including those from TASC.”

For more coverage of the DoD’s OCI ruling, visit ExecutiveGov.

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