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United States : WMATA OIG announces partnership with the U.S. Department of Justices Procurement Collusion Strike Force
Publish Date : 21-Feb-2020
Inspector General Geoffrey A. Cherrington announced that special agents from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Office of Inspector General (WMATA-OIG) will be partnering with the Department of Justices Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) in order to detect bid-rigging, fraud, and other crimes impacting WMATAs programs.
In November 2019, the Justice Department announced the formation of the new Strike Force, which focuses on deterring, detecting, and prosecuting antitrust crimes, such as bid-rigging and related fraudulent schemes, that affect government procurement, grant and program funding. The Strike Force is an interagency partnership consisting of prosecutors from the Justice Departments Antitrust Division and multiple U.S. Attorneys Offices, including the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as investigators from multiple law enforcement partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several federal Offices of Inspector General.
As WMATA continues to fund significant capital investment projects in the National Capital Region, WMATA OIG agents will be working with the Strike Force namely, the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia PCSF teams in an effort to protect WMATA from bid-rigging and fraud schemes, root out crimes being committed against the Authority, and safeguard taxpayer money.