Contractor Alert: Suspensions and Debarments Keep Climbing
The 2014 numbers are in – and they confirm that Federal marketplace remains volatile for government contractors.
According to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC), Federal agencies saw an uptick of about 14% in suspension and debarment proceedings. Such exclusion proceedings remain among the chief tactics for combating alleged instances of fraud and misconduct in government contracting. Overall, the ISDC reports that debarment actions rose from 1,696 in 2013 to 1,929 debarment actions in 2014.
Debarment proceedings are a tool in the tool belt of every Agency, but there remains significant variation in how they are enforced government-wide. For 2014, the Department of the Army, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Housing and Urban Development ranked among the most active – which is probably an unsurprising result given their level of procurement activities generally.
Source: The Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog, Article by NICHOLAS T. SOLOSKY on April 13, 2015
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