A New Report, But the Same Approach to Assessing the Federal Suspension and Debarment Program

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On March 5, 2014, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) released its report on the status of the federal suspension and debarment system for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. The report "discusses the ISDC's progress and efforts to improve the suspension and debarment system by ensuring the fair and effective use of suspension and debarment," "provides data for FY 2012 and FY 2013 on agency suspension and debarment activities," and highlights "[i]ndividual agency activities and accomplishments." The report, however, largely focuses on the number of suspensions and debarments across the federal landscape, thereby fostering a culture within the government that equates the total number of actions to progress. To this end, contractors, grantees and other recipients of federal funds must tread carefully when identifying and addressing missteps.

Specifically, with respect to ensuring the fair and effective use of suspension and debarment, the report notes that all Chief Financial Officers Act agencies...

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Topics:  Suspensions & Debarments

Published In: Government Contracting Updates

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