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March 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Report Shows Continued Growth in Suspensions and Debarments



Debarment Graph Federal agencies are increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to protect taxpayers from fraud, waste and abuse, according to a new report.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 26, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Fed Business Still Good for USIS, Despite Legal Woes



Background Check Despite mounting legal troubles, background-check contractor USIS continues raking in millions of dollars in federal contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 7, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds 3-Year Contracting Suspension



Mess Hall 2013 ended on a sour note for Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility, which has been under indictment and barred from federal contracting since 2009.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 4, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Will Congress Fix How Contractors Are Held Accountable?



Draft view of the Suspend Act in the House of Representatives POGO has proposed changes to the federal government's suspension and debarment system for years, and supports the proposed SUSPEND Act, which would consolidate the vast suspension and debarment system.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Chairman Issa’s SUSPEND Act: Pros and Cons



Timeout Chairman Issa's SUSPEND Act draft bill has been the subject of a hearing and a recent panel discussion. Although many contracting experts don't see a need for change, it might be time for legislation that will improve the suspension and debarment system an

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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