Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Los Angeles Rejects All Bids Due to Conflict of Interest Questions

The commissioners for Los Angeles International Airport rejected all bids on a $350 million media services contract on August 20, 2013 after one of the bidders protested the award.  

Basis of protest:  The protest was based on the fact that the low bidder's team included a former president of the Board of Airport Commissioners who participated in discussions and plans on the media services contract before he resigned from the commission in 2010.

More information on the protest: 
Lessons learned:  
  • Does your agency have a code of ethics that prevents conflicts of interest and addresses other issues?
  • When was the code of ethics last updated?
  • Is the code of ethics comprehensive in addressing a wide variety of ethical issues?  
  • Are your agency's employees regularly trained on the provisions of the code of ethics?
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