Ethical Violations in Government Contracting

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Ethics in Government Contracting Government contracting is a lucrative industry, both large and small management and technology consulting firms along with defense, aerospace and other companies who bill themselves as "experts" in various different areas complete for billions of dollars in government contracts each year. The benefit of the federal government leveraging the skills and expertise is great; but there is also a downside. Ethical violations can and have occurred within the government contracting arena. This paper will discuss a case that demonstrates ethical violations in government contracting as well as answer the question of how ethical violations in government contracting affect the role of contracting management acquisition. In 2002, Darleen Druyun; a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition oversaw negotiations between the Air Force and Boeing, in which Boeing was awarded a contract to lease 100 Boeing KC 767A tanker aircraft to the Air Force. Mrs. Druyun, at the time was also negotiating an employment offer with Boeing. Her financial interest in Boeing was in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 208(a) and 216(a)(2). Mrs. Druyum found guilty of misconduct in the case brought against her, "United States of America v. Darleen A. Druyun". This is one example of many misconduct and ethical breaches that have occurred in the government contracting arena. Ethical
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