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Conflict of Interest with subcontractors Val Seaquist 24 Mar 2004 14:56 EST

Good Afternoon,

I'm actually asking this on behalf of someone else and thought I would
go to the source of all knowledge.

Situation: A PI wishes to issue a subcontract (under a Federal contract)
to a qualified consultant who is the spouse of one of the researchers in
the PIs group. There is a good possibility that the researcher would be
in the position of supervising the consultant/spouse. The contract
people (State university) do not believe that this is proper and the PI
is requesting specific citations prohibiting this action.

If it was at this university, I would cite our university and State law
COI policies/regulations before I even got to the Federal level. Is
there a specific FAR clause that would prohibit this action or should
the contracts office fall back on their own State and university
regulations/policies?

Val Seaquist
Office of Sponsored Programs
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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