BP Contracting Ban Reinforces Debarment Misconceptions

Law360, New York (March 31, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT) -- The unusual timing of BP PLC's recently resolved suspension from federal contracting has left many experts scratching their heads, with some concerned that the government's handling of the contracting ban could reinforce misconceptions that suspension and debarment should be used to punish companies rather than, first and foremost, to protect the government. 

BP was suspended from competing for contracts or oil drilling leases 16 months ago, when the oil giant pled guilty to felony misconduct in a $4.5 billion settlement related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion...
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