Effective December 12, 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended to, in part, require that contractors timely notify the relevant Office of Inspector General (OIG) whenever there is credible evidence to believe that a violation(s) of criminal law and/or the civil False Claims Act have occurred in connection with a Federal contract.
Specifically, contractors must disclose, in writing, to the OIG whenever the they have credible evidence that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of the contractor has committed a violation of the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733) or Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery or gratuity violations (found in Title 18 of the United States Code) in connection with the award, performance, or closeout of a Government contract or any related subcontract. Disclosures must be made by a senior officer or manager authorized to speak for the contractor.
Penalties for knowing failure to timely disclose include suspension and/or debarment. For additional details see: Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements, 73 Fed. Reg. 219, 67064 (Nov. 12, 2008) (48 C.F.R 52.203-13(c)(2)(ii)(F)).
Disclosures and/or supporting documentation can also be mailed to:
USDOT Office of Inspector General
Attn: Contractor Disclosure
1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Room W73-313
Washington, DC 20590