Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force announces four new national Law Enforcement Partners

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Justice Department announced on Friday, April 12 that the Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) is adding four new national partners for a total of 38 agencies and offices committed to deterring, detecting, investigating and prosecuting antitrust crimes and related schemes that target government procurement, grants and program funding at all levels of government.

The new partners include three U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts with diverse government spending oversight priorities and proven PCSF and Antitrust Division relationships:

  • U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger for the District of New Jersey

The PCSF is also welcoming the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General (OIG), whose oversight of billions of dollars authorized under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act of 2022 closely aligns with PCSF priorities.

“Since 2019, the Procurement Collusion Strike Force has aggressively investigated and prosecuted crimes that undermine and distort the competitive process in taxpayer-funded procurements,” Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said. “With new investments in infrastructure, energy and hi-tech manufacturing the PCSF’ strategic expansion to include these four partners positions it to accomplish its important mandate more effectively.”

“Billions in federal funds are coming into our state to improve the lives of Alaskans, making it imperative that those tax dollars are used for their intended purpose and not illegally obtained,” U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska said. “The implementation of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force in Alaska showcases my office’s commitment to take action against collusive conduct and related fraudulent schemes by individuals or corporations that threaten government spending destined to progress our great state.”

In November 2019, the Justice Department created the PCSF, a joint law enforcement effort to combat antitrust crimes and related fraudulent schemes that impact government procurement, grant and program funding at all levels of government – federal, state and local.

For more information, visit www.justice.gov/procurement-collusion-strike-force.