Recognize and Report Fraud in Federally Funded Programs to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (8

Conflict of Interest


In fraud involving conflict of interest, a contracting or oversight official misrepresents that he or she is impartial in business decisions when he or she has an undisclosed financial interest in a contractor or consultant who inflates the job cost to the Government.



Unexplained or unusual favoritism shown to a particular contractor or consultant

✓ Government official disclosing confidential bid information to a contractor or assisting the contractor

in preparing the bid

✓ Employee having discussions about employment with

a current or prospective contractor or consultant

✓ Close socialization with and acceptance of inappropriate gifts, travel, or entertainment from a contractor

✓ Vendor or consultant address being incomplete or matching employee’s address

✓ Government official leasing or renting equipment to a contractor for performing contract work

✓ Contracting or purchasing employee lives beyond his or her means

✓ Contracting employee fails to file Conflict of Interest or Financial Disclosure forms

✓ Employee declines promotion from a procurement position

Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Department of Transportation

Contact OIG using any of the following methods:

Online complaint form:

Telephone: (800) 424-9071

Fax: (540) 373-2090


Mail: USDOT Inspector General

P.O. Box 708

Fredericksburg, VA 22404-0708

Note: The OIG Hotline is obligated to expeditiously forward all safety-related complaints to USDOT’s safety regulatory agencies for action, as appropriate.



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