In a recent OMB blog posting by Dan Gordon, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator, he noted the Federal Government, as part of the Campaign to Cut Waste, will ensure all agencies are “fully equipped to suspend or debar contractors and other recipients whenever necessary to protect the government’s interest.” Agencies must assess their current suspension and a debarment program to ensure the Excluded Parties List System (“EPLS”) is checked prior to the award of contracts, along with other processes.
In addition to the EPLS, agencies must also participate on the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee, and create other processes to ensure their suspension and debarment processes are well-established.
Historically, tax dollars have been put at risk for waste, fraud, and abuse with contractors who:
- Provide nonconforming parts (vehicle, aircraft, etc.)
- Submit falsified documentation (timesheets, billings, etc.)
- Are delinquent with paying their taxes
- Willfully fail to perform in accordance with the terms of their contract
- Are already in the EPLS with a history of issues
Nicole Mitchell, CPA, is a Partner in Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group, where she provides consulting and accounting services to government contractors, including financial regulatory compliance, contract pricing, and complex cost accounting structures.
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