DARPA’s Conflict-of-Interest Program Gets Clean Bill of Health

It is well understood that government employees are subject to a wide variety of ethics and disclosure obligations.   Indeed, with contractor employees becoming more involved in procurement support roles, similar obligations are being imposed on contractor employees – for example, the recent Personal Conflict of Interest Rule (FAR Subpart 3.11).   But is there any review of the government’s compliance with these rules?  The answer is yes.   In response to a letter from the Program On Government Oversight (POGO), the DoD Inspector General (IG) reviewed the Ethics Program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA).  POGO asked the IG to examine DARPA’s application of ethics laws, rules, and regulations to conflict of interest situations, including recusals, waivers, and divestments by DARPA employees and … Continue reading