War-Zone Contractors Subject to More Suspensions, Debarments

April 17, 2012

Government officials say they have gotten more aggressive in suspending and debarring companies that misbehave or perform poorly on overseas warzone contracts, such as for reconstruction and military support.

Contractor suspensions, which can ban a company from receiving new contracts for up to 18 months, at the State Department increased from none in 2009 to 19 halfway into fiscal 2012, according to Patrick Kennedy, the department's undersecretary for management. Kennedy testified on the issue Tuesday before the Senate Contracting Oversight Subcommittee.

Debarments, which can stop new contracts for up to three years, also increased from none in 2009 to six so far this fiscal year, he wrote. 

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