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FCW : June 30, 2014
BackStory Why the surge in suspensions and debarments is a good thing The number of suspension and debarment actions against contractors has grown 162% since scal 2009. Sources: GAO, Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee 34 June 30, 2014 FCW.COM 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 1,836 417 suspensions 750 proposed debarments 669 debarments 2,850 612 suspensions 1,265 proposed debarments 973 debarments 4,279 928 suspensions 1,718 proposed debarments 1,633 debarments 4,639 836 suspensions 2,081 proposed debarments 1,722 debarments 4,812 887 suspensions 2,229 proposed debarments 1,696 debarments Glossary Suspension: A temporary exclusion while an investigation or legal proceeding is underway; generally less than 18 months. Debarment: An exclusion for a speci ed period depending on when a violation is found to have occurred. Length depends on the seriousness of the cause but is generally less than three years. Cause: Can include fraud, false statements, theft, bribery, tax evasion or "any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity." Are more contractors breaking the rules? Possibly, but the increase is more likely due to better enforcement. In 2011, GAO urged six key agencies to implement better systems for policing their vendors. A May 2014 report found all six had done so. Systems have improved governmentwide... ...according to reports from the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee: 300 200 100 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 19 19 104 138 Suspension and debarment actions by Commerce, HHS, Justice, State, Treasury and FEMA: Agency DOD DHS HUD EPA GSA State DOT DOE Interior Education FY13 debarments 726 281 178 112 102 47 44 33 33 30 271
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