Washington – The United States Department of Justice announced Friday that the Department of Justice’s Procurement Collusion Group (PCSF) has added 11 new national partners to the group, for a total of 29 agencies and offices engaged at the national level to combat collusion, antitrust crimes, and related fraudulent schemes, which undermine competition in public procurement, grants, and program funding.
“I am excited to welcome these new partners to the PCSF effort,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division when announcing the new partners in Washington, DC in written communication.
“By growing our national presence and bringing in more subject matter experts, the PCSF is poised for even greater success in the coming year,” he added.
He explained that of the new partners, nine are United States Attorney’s Offices with complementary compliance priorities in United States cities with diverse public spending profiles: David Anderson, Northern District of California, Robert Hur, District of Maryland, Erica MacDonald, District of Minnesota, Michael Hurst, Jr., Southern District of Mississippi, Seth DuCharme, Eastern District of New York, Matthew Martin, Middle District of North Carolina, W. Stephen Muldrow, District of Puerto Rico, Stephen Cox, Eastern District of Texas and Ryan Patrick, Southern District of Texas
“As a partner of PCSF, the District of Puerto Rico will strengthen its commitment to the prosecution of procurement fraud and related crimes, particularly those schemes that may involve the misuse of disaster recovery funds,” said the United States Attorney for the District. from Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow.
“The PCSF brings together resources and law enforcement officers with unparalleled experience in investigating these complex schemes, and our selection to join their partners will be of great benefit to the District of Puerto Rico,” he added.
The PCSF welcomed as national partners the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Inspector General, two critically important law enforcement partners with proven work histories. with the PCSF and the Antitrust Division.
“The DHS OIG is pleased to join our law enforcement partners at the PCSF,” said Inspector General Joseph Cuffari. “We look forward to working with Strike Force to combat antitrust crime and related schemes on behalf of American taxpayers,” he noted.
“OSI, led by our team at the Office of Procurement Fraud Investigations, is pleased to be a full national partner in the PCSF effort,” said Brigadier General Terry L. Bullard, OSI Commander.
“We are committed to the principles of the PCSF to ensure that we educate and inform our stakeholders to deter bad actors and to investigate crimes when they occur. We look forward to advancing this project together with the Department of Justice and sister agencies. “
Speaking to the American Bar Association, the Antitrust Section Fall Forum, Assistant Attorney General Delrahim also provided a summary of the PCSF’s first year accomplishments, detailed in a recent post on the “Justice Blog ” from the Department.
The PCSF has a publicly available website at www.Justice.gov/Procurement-Collusion-Strike-Force, where members of the public can review information on federal antitrust laws and training programs, and report suspicious criminal activity affecting public procurement.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to contact the PCSF if they have information about anticompetitive conduct involving federal taxpayer dollars by emailing [email protected] or by completing the PCSF anonymous complaint form, found on the PCSF website.
Federal, state and local agencies may also contact the PCSF at [email protected] for any training needs or to report suspected antitrust violations.