Improper Business Practices in Government Contracting

  • 7 topics | 36m
  • Includes Assessment
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Employees of organizations that conduct business with the US government must understand the rules the government has established for itself and those it contracts with. These laws and regulations aim to promote full and open competition, fairness, and honesty and to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. This course provides an overview of key requirements unique to government contracting. It focuses on improper business practices, including restrictions on competition, attempts to gain an unfair advantage, and making false claims. The course highlights practices that should be avoided by employees of companies that have or seek to secure government contracts or subcontracts. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by The Potomac Law Group, PLLC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice and may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with statutes, regulations, or other legal authority. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking independent legal advice.


  • recognize and avoid attempts to gain an unfair advantage in the award of a federal contract
  • identify the types of information that contractors may not knowingly obtain before the award of a federal contract
  • identify situations that may create or give the appearance of a conflict of interest
  • avoid anticompetitive practices
  • recognize and avoid improper business practices in government contracting situations
  • avoid conduct that could constitute false claims or statements
  • respond appropriately to improper business practices in relation to a government contract
  • recognize how to avoid conduct that could constitute false claims and how to report suspected violations


  • Attempts to Gain an Unfair Advantage
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Restrictive Trade Practices
  • Knowledge Check: Improper Business Practices
  • False Claims
  • Reporting Suspected Violations
  • Knowledge Check: False Claims/Suspected Violations