Government Procurement, Corruption and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Every year, the U.S. federal government spends over $500 billion on goods and services. Given the substantial amount of money the U.S. government spends on procurement, the system is at great risk of fraud, corruption and mismanagement. Fortunately, the U.S. government has many tools in its arsenal that are designed to prevent, detect and mitigate these risks, and to bolster the integrity of the U.S. procurement regime. Although the risks of fraud and corruption are always present in government procurement, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these concerns and is putting U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk.

Please join Jessica Tillipman, an Assistant Dean and Anti-Corruption & Compliance law professor, for a lively discussion about government procurement, corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Our Speaker

Jessica Tillipman is the Assistant Dean for Field Placement and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. In addition to managing the law school’s externship program, she teaches an anti-corruption and compliance course that focuses on anti-corruption, ethics and compliance issues. She also regularly advises foreign governments and companies on anti-corruption and compliance issues.

Prior to joining GW Law, Dean Tillipman was an associate in Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C. office, where she was a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling practice groups. She joined Jenner & Block after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence S. Margolis of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Dean Tillipman is a Senior Editor of the “The FCPA Blog,” a leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resource on the internet, and her legal commentary has been featured in numerous domestic and international media outlets. She is also the co-chair of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Anti-Corruption Committee.

Dean Tillipman graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH and obtained her JD, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.