DOD Plan To Mix Fines, Debarment Could Pose Conflict

Law360, New York (May 29, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT) -- The Department of Defense recently asked Congress to allow suspension and debarment officials to pursue small contract fraud claims, but some contractors worry that mixing enforcement with debarment could cause officials to improperly use the threat of debarment to get contractors to pay up.

The proposed legislation, part of the department's package of legislative requests for the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, would allow DOD and NASA suspension and debarment offices to pursue administrative penalties and fines against contractors that make false claims for payment....
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