FAR 52.203-13 Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. Basic (Nov 2021) (Current)

As prescribed in 3.1004(a), insert the clause at FAR 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, in solicitations and contracts if the value of the contract is expected to exceed $6 million and the performance period is 120 days or more.

Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Nov 2021)

      (a) Definitions. As used in this clause

      Agent means any individual, including a director, an officer, an employee, or an independent Contractor, authorized to act on behalf of the organization.

      Full cooperation-

           (1) Means disclosure to the Government of the information sufficient for law enforcement to identify the nature and extent of the offense and the individuals responsible for the conduct. It includes providing timely and complete response to Government auditors’ and investigators' request for documents and access to employees with information;

           (2) Does not foreclose any Contractor rights arising in law, the FAR, or the terms of the contract. It does not require-

                (i) A Contractor to waive its attorney-client privilege or the protections afforded by the attorney work product doctrine; or

                (ii) Any officer, director, owner, or employee of the Contractor, including a sole proprietor, to waive his or her attorney client privilege or Fifth Amendment rights; and

           (3) Does not restrict a Contractor from-

                (i) Conducting an internal investigation; or

                (ii) Defending a proceeding or dispute arising under the contract or related to a potential or disclosed violation.

      Principal means an officer, director, owner, partner, or a person having primary management or supervisory responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager; head of a division or business segment; and similar positions).

      Subcontract means any contract entered into by a subcontractor to furnish supplies or services for performance of a prime contract or a subcontract.

      Subcontractor means any supplier, distributor, vendor, or firm that furnished supplies or services to or for a prime contractor or another subcontractor.

      United States, means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and outlying areas.

      (b) Code of business ethics and conduct. 

(1) Within 30 days after contract award, unless the Contracting Officer establishes a longer time period, the Contractor shall—

                (i) Have a written code of business ethics and conduct; and

                (ii) Make a copy of the code available to each employee engaged in performance of the contract.

           (2) The Contractor shall-

                (i) Exercise due diligence to prevent and detect criminal conduct; and

                (ii) Otherwise promote an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law.

           (3) (i) The Contractor shall timely disclose, in writing, to the agency Office of the Inspector General (OIG), with a copy to the Contracting Officer, whenever, in connection with the award, performance, or closeout of this contract or any subcontract thereunder, the Contractor has credible evidence that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of the Contractor has committed-

                     (A) A violation of Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations found in Title 18 of the United States Code; or

                     (B) A violation of the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733).

                (ii) The Government, to the extent permitted by law and regulation, will safeguard and treat information obtained pursuant to the Contractor’s disclosure as confidential where the information has been marked "confidential" or "proprietary" by the company. To the extent permitted by law and regulation, such information will not be released by the Government to the public pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request, 5 U.S.C. Section 552, without prior notification to the Contractor. The Government may transfer documents provided by the Contractor to any department or agency within the Executive Branch if the information relates to matters within the organization’s jurisdiction.

                (iii) If the violation relates to an order against a Governmentwide acquisition contract, a multi-agency contract, a multiple-award schedule contract such as the Federal Supply Schedule, or any other procurement instrument intended for use by multiple agencies, the Contractor shall notify the OIG of the ordering agency and the IG of the agency responsible for the basic contract.

      (c) Business ethics awareness and compliance program and internal control system. This paragraph (c) does not apply if the Contractor has represented itself as a small business concern pursuant to the award of this contract or if this contract is for the acquisition of a commercial product or commercial service as defined at FAR 2.101. The Contractor shall establish the following within 90 days after contract award, unless the Contracting Officer establishes a longer time period:

           (1) An ongoing business ethics awareness and compliance program.

                (i) This program shall include reasonable steps to communicate periodically and in a practical manner the Contractor’s standards and procedures and other aspects of the Contractor’s business ethics awareness and compliance program and internal control system, by conducting effective training programs and otherwise disseminating information appropriate to an individual’s respective roles and responsibilities.

                (ii) The training conducted under this program shall be provided to the Contractor’s principals and employees, and as appropriate, the Contractor’s agents and subcontractors.

           (2) An internal control system.

                (i) The Contractor’s internal control system shall—

                     (A) Establish standards and procedures to facilitate timely discovery of improper conduct in connection with Government contracts; and

                     (B) Ensure corrective measures are promptly instituted and carried out.

                (ii) At a minimum, the Contractor’s internal control system shall provide for the following:

                     (A) Assignment of responsibility at a sufficiently high level and adequate resources to ensure effectiveness of the business ethics awareness and compliance program and internal control system.

                     (B) Reasonable efforts not to include an individual as a principal, whom due diligence would have exposed as having engaged in conduct that is in conflict with the Contractor’s code of business ethics and conduct.

                     (C) Periodic reviews of company business practices, procedures, policies, and internal controls for compliance with the Contractor’s code of business ethics and conduct and the special requirements of Government contracting, including-

                          (1) Monitoring and auditing to detect criminal conduct;

                          (2) Periodic evaluation of the effectiveness of the business ethics awareness and compliance program and internal control system, especially if criminal conduct has been detected; and

                          (3) Periodic assessment of the risk of criminal conduct, with appropriate steps to design, implement, or modify the business ethics awareness and compliance program and the internal control system as necessary to reduce the risk of criminal conduct identified through this process.

                     (D) An internal reporting mechanism, such as a hotline, which allows for anonymity or confidentiality, by which employees may report suspected instances of improper conduct, and instructions that encourage employees to make such reports.

                     (E) Disciplinary action for improper conduct or for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent or detect improper conduct.

                     (F) Timely disclosure, in writing, to the agency OIG, with a copy to the Contracting Officer, whenever, in connection with the award, performance, or closeout of any Government contract performed by the Contractor or a subcontract thereunder, the Contractor has credible evidence that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of the Contractor has committed a violation of Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations found in Title 18 U.S.C. or a violation of the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733).

                          (1) If a violation relates to more than one Government contract, the Contractor may make the disclosure to the agency OIG and Contracting Officer responsible for the largest dollar value contract impacted by the violation.

                          (2) If the violation relates to an order against a Governmentwide acquisition contract, a multi-agency contract, a multiple-award schedule contract such as the Federal Supply Schedule, or any other procurement instrument intended for use by multiple agencies, the contractor shall notify the OIG of the ordering agency and the IG of the agency responsible for the basic contract, and the respective agencies’ contracting officers.

                          (3) The disclosure requirement for an individual contract continues until at least 3 years after final payment on the contract.

                          (4) The Government will safeguard such disclosures in accordance with paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of this clause.

                     (G) Full cooperation with any Government agencies responsible for audits, investigations, or corrective actions.

      (d) Subcontracts.

           (1) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (d), in subcontracts that exceed the threshold specified in FAR 3.1004(a) on the date of subcontract award and a performance period of more than 120 days.

           (2) In altering this clause to identify the appropriate parties, all disclosures of violation of the civil False Claims Act or of Federal criminal law shall be directed to the agency Office of the Inspector General, with a copy to the Contracting Officer.

(End of clause)
 

   (d) Subcontracts.

           (1) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (d), in subcontracts that exceed the threshold specified in FAR 3.1004(a) on the date of subcontract award and a performance period of more than 120 days.

           (2) In altering this clause to identify the appropriate parties, all disclosures of violation of the civil False Claims Act or of Federal criminal law shall be directed to the agency Office of the Inspector General, with a copy to the Contracting Officer.

Mandatory (Exception);
  52.244-6   52.212-5 (Applies when performance is equal to or exceeds 120 days.);

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Products and Commercial Services).

52.222-19 Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies.

52.204-21 Basic Safeguarding of Covered Contractor Information Systems.

52.204-23 Prohibition on Contracting for Hardware, Software, and Services Developed or Provided by Kaspersky Lab and Other Covered Entities.

52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

52.204-25 Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

52.209-13 Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements-Certification.

52.209-14 Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items.

52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items.

52.219-8 Utilization of Small Business Concerns.

52.219-9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications—Commercial Products and Commercial Services.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Products and Commercial Services.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.242-3 Penalties for Unallowable Costs.

52.245-1 Government Property.

52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting.

52.219-16 Liquidated Damages-Subcontracting Plan.

52.219-27 Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside.

52.219-28 Post-Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation.

52.219-29 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Concerns.

52.219-30 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Women-Owned Small Business Concerns Eligible Under the Women-Owned Small Business Program.

52.219-33 Nonmanufacturer Rule.

52.222-18 Certification Regarding Knowledge of Child Labor for Listed End Products.

52.225-6 Trade Agreements Certificate.

52.225-9 Buy American-Construction Materials.

52.225-13 Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases.

52.228-11 Pledges of Assets.

52.204-2 Security Requirements.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items.

52.229-12 Tax on Certain Foreign Procurements.

52.219-1 Small Business Program Representations.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items.

52.225-23 Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods-Buy American Statute-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

52.208-8 Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data.

52.209-7 Information Regarding Responsibility Matters.

52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items.

52.219-3 Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole Source Award.

52.219-4 Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns.

52.219-9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

52.222-4 Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards -Overtime Compensation.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.219-6 Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside.

52.219-11 Special 8(a) Contract Conditions.

52.219-12 Special 8(a) Subcontract Conditions.

52.219-13 Notice of Set-Aside of Orders.

52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting.

52.219-17 Section 8(a) Award.

52.219-18 Notification of Competition Limited to Eligible 8(a) Concerns

52.219-27 Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside.

52.219-28 Post-Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation.

52.219-29 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Women-Owned Small Business Concerns Eligible Under the Women-Owned Small Business Program.

52.219-30 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Women-Owned Small Business Concerns Eligible Under the Women-Owned Small Business Program.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.215-20 Requirements for Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data.

52.215-21 Requirements for Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data-Modifications.

52.219-9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons.

52.225-1 Buy American-Supplies

52.225-3 Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act.

52.225-9 Buy American-Construction Materials.

52.225-11 Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

52.229-13 Taxes—Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan.

52.229-14 Taxes—Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan (North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement).

52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors.

52.246-26 Reporting Nonconforming Items.

52.247-64 Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels.

52.222-4 Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards —Overtime Compensation.

52.222-19 Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies.

52.222-30 Construction Wage Rate Requirements-Price Adjustment (None or Separately Specified Method).

52.222-31 Construction Wage Rate Requirements-Price Adjustment (Percentage Method).

52.222-32 Construction Wage Rate Requirements-Price Adjustment (Actual Method).

52.222-41 Service Contract Labor Standards.

52.222-43 Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards-Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts).

52.223-11 Ozone-Depleting Substances.

52.223-17 Affirmative Procurement of EPA-designated Items in Service and Construction Contracts.

52.225-7 Waiver of Buy American Statute for Civil Aircraft and Related Articles.

52.225-19 Contractor Personnel in a Designated Operational Area or Supporting a Diplomatic or Consular Mission Outside the United States.

52.225-26 Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States.

52.228-11 Pledges of Assets.

52.228-15 Performance and Payment Bonds-Construction.

52.230-5 Cost Accounting Standards-Educational Institution.

52.234-2 Notice of Earned Value Management System-Preaward Integrated Baseline Review.

52.234-3 Notice of Earned Value Management System-Postaward Integrated Baseline Review.

52.234-4 Earned Value Management System.

52.243-7 Notification of Changes.

52.219-4 Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns.

52.219-7 Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside.

52.222-55 Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Products and Commercial Services.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons.

52.204-26 Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation.

52.248-3 Value Engineering—Construction.

52.204-26 Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services-Representation.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications—Commercial Items.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

52.219-1 Small Business Program Representations.

52.219-6 Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside.

52.219-7 Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside.

52.219-28 Post-Award Small Business Program Representation.

52.222-55 Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658.

52.209-12 Certification Regarding Tax Matters.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

52.225-1 Buy American-Supplies

52.225-2 Buy American Certificate.

52.225-3 Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act.

52.225-4 Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act Certificate.

52.225-9 Buy American-Construction Materials.

52.225-11 Buy American-Construction Materials under Trade Agreements.

52.225-21 Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods-Buy American Statute-Construction Materials.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.209-13 Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements-Certification.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions-Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.223-3 Hazardous Material Identification and Material Safety Data.

52.225-2 Buy American Certificate.

52.225-4 Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act Certificate.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

52.204-25 Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

52.209-5 Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications—Commercial Items.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

52.228-15 Performance and Payment Bonds—Construction.

52.230-1 Cost Accounting Standards Notices and Certification.

52.230-2 Cost Accounting Standards.

52.230-3 Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices.

52.230-4 Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices—Foreign Concerns.

52.230-5 Cost Accounting Standards—Educational Institution.

52.246-26 Reporting Nonconforming Items.

52.248-1 Value Engineering.

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

52.214-26 Audit and Records—Sealed Bidding.

52.214-27 Price Reduction for Defective Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications—Sealed Bidding.

52.214-28 Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications—Sealed Bidding.

52.215-2 Audit and Records—Negotiation.

52.215-11 Price Reduction for Defective Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications.

52.215-12 Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing Data.

52.209-13 Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements-Certification.

52.215-13 Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications.

52.215-21 Requirements for Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications.

52.219-9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

52.203-12 Limitation on Payments to Influence Certain Federal Transactions.

52.203-16 Preventing Personal Conflicts of Interest.

52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications—Commercial Items.

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

52.222-36 Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities.

52.227-1 Authorization and Consent.

52.227-2 Notice and Assistance Regarding Patent and Copyright Infringement.

252.225-7051 Prohibition on Acquisition of Certain Foreign Commercial Satellite Services.

252.204-7017 Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services-Representation.

252.225-7050 Disclosure of Ownership or Control by the Government of a Country that is a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

252.229-7000 Invoices Exclusive of Taxes or Duties.

252.225-7052 Restriction on the Acquisition of Certain Magnets and Tungsten.

252.204-7018 Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services.

252.245-7002 Reporting Loss of Government Property.

252.225-7975 Additional Access to Contractor and Subcontractor Records (DEVIATION 2020-O0001)

252.249-7002 Notification of Anticipated Contract Termination or Reduction.

252.225-7012 Preference for Certain Domestic Commodities.

252.227-7037 Validation of Restrictive Markings on Technical Data.

252.204-7019 Notice of NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements.

252.204-7020 NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements.

252.211-7007 Reporting of Government-Furnished Property.

552.215-71 Examination of Records by GSA (Multiple Award Schedule).

552.204-9 Personal Identity Verification Requirements.

552.243-71 Equitable Adjustments.

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