Lawmaker Proposes Overhaul of Contractor Suspension Process

February 11, 2013

A key lawmaker is proposing to overhaul the way the government bars contractors from receiving federal contracts.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., circulated draft legislation Feb. 7 that would create a commission to oversee all suspension and debarment cases. Currently, each agency decides whether to suspend or debar a contractor.

The board, which would reside within the General Services Administration, would ensure that standards are consistent and that contractors are treated fairly, “including small businesses with limited legal resources,” according to the legislation.

“In the 21st century we must have zero tolerance for fraudsters, criminals or tax cheats receiving taxpayer money through grants or contracts,” Issa said in a news release.

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