President Obama Issues Memorandum Addressing Tax Delinquency With Government Contractors

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On January 20, 2010, the President issued a Memorandum ordering the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to block the award of government contracts to companies that are delinquent on their taxes. The Memorandum calls for the review of certifications of non-delinquency, which was added in 2008 to FAR 52.209-5, “Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters.” Citing GAO reports as a justification, the Memorandum states that “Federal contracts are awarded to tens of thousands of companies with serious tax delinquencies.”

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