In accordance with 41 U.S.C. para. 423, the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive has appointed an Ombudsman for Procurement Integrity. The Ombudsman provides a neutral, informal, confidential, and independent alternative for employees, managers, and customers to seek assistance in resolving procurement integrity issues with USSOCOM. The primary function of the Ombudsman is to assist acquisition personnel by acting as an independent sounding board to hear concerns and to aid in the resolution of the issues. Contractors and individuals are encouraged to use existing communication channels through the Contracting Officer; however, the Ombudsman is available as an alternative to hear concerns and aid in the resolution of procurement integrity issues.