A proposed rule was issued to amend the FAR to add further requirements relating to contractor codes of business ethics and conduct, to require contractors to establish and maintain specific internal controls to detect and prevent improper conduct, and to require contractors to notify the Government whenever they become aware of violations of Federal criminal law with regard to such contracts or subcontracts. 72 Fed. Reg. 64019 (Nov. 14, 2007). This proposed FAR amendment was requested by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Some of the areas covered by the DOJ’s request are included in the final rule addressed above regarding Contractor Codes of Business Ethics and Conduct. However, several aspects of the DOJ’s request go beyond the requirements of that final rule. For example, the proposed rule would require contractors to provide written notification to the procuring agency’s Office of Inspector General and the Contracting Officer whenever the contractor has reasonable grounds to believe that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of the contractor has committed a violation of Federal criminal law in connection with the award or performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder. Comments to the proposed rule must be submitted by January 14, 2008
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