Softer Gov't Contractor Suspension Rule Boosts Reform Bill

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT) -- A controversial provision that would automatically suspend government contractors accused of crimes has been stripped from the U.S. Senate's contracting reform legislation, a move experts say will preserve agencies' flexibility while still pressuring them to crack down on wayward contractors.

The new version of the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act softens the automatic suspension rule into an automatic referral to suspension and debarment officials, and picked up five sponsors in addition to Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jim Webb, D-Va., including Homeland Security Committee leaders Joe...
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