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Anti-Kickback Policy

Learn about the federal Anti-Kickback Act of 1986, and how UCSD and the university comply with the requirements.

Background

The federal Anti-Kickback Act of 1986 prohibits those involved in government contracting from offering, accepting, or attempting to accept inducements for favorable treatment in awarding contracts for materials, equipment, or services of any kind.

Definition

A kickback is compensation of any kind directly or indirectly accepted by a faculty or staff member from a vendor, contractor, or subcontractor competing for or doing business with the University, for the purpose of influencing the award of a contract. Kickbacks can include:

  • Money
  • Fees
  • Commissions
  • Credits
  • Gifts or gratuities

View the official definition in the text of the Anti-Kickback Act (PDF).

Procedures

The Federal Acquisition Regulation requires that the university have and follow reasonable procedures to prevent and detect violations of the Anti-Kickback Act. These procedures include:

Penalties

Any person found to have willingly participated in activities prohibited by the Anti-Kickback Act may be subject to criminal actions resulting in fines, imprisonment, or both. Any person who knowingly engages in prohibited conduct may be subject to civil actions resulting in fines.

Note: To view the official definition, see the criminal penalties (PDF) or civil actions (PDF) sections of the text of the Anti-Kickback Act.

To report kickback violations, immediately contact UC San Diego's Chief Procurement Officer Ted Johnson. If your report involves the Chief Procurement Officer, you can contact Cheryl Ross, Assistant Vice Chancellor – Business and Financial Services. All reports will be examined and, if warranted, investigated.