Examining and Dispelling Common Misconceptions about Suspension and Debarment

Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report

Contractors are well aware that being suspended or debarred renders them ineligible for federal contracts and subcontracts. Many contractors may believe that suspension and debarment are not realistic risks for them if they already have a robust ethics and compliance program or strong internal controls.

Nevertheless, the risk of suspension and debarment can crop up suddenly and unexpectedly, such as when misconduct has been concealed or errors have gone undetected. For this reason, contractors should have a baseline understanding about what to do if they must engage with a suspending and debarring official.

This article explores 10 common misconceptions about suspension and debarment, with the aim of helping contractors understand the landscape and respond effectively.

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“Examining and Dispelling Common Misconceptions about Suspension and Debarment,” by Dominique L. Casimir was published in the February 2020 edition of Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report (Vol. 6, No. 2), an A.S. Pratt Publication, LexisNexis. Reprinted with permission.

This article was first published in Blank Rome's Government Contracts Navigator blog in November 2019.