DOJ Seeks To Shore Up Contractor Suspension Program

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's inspector general has reported that the DOJ has widespread problems with its handling of statutory suspensions and debarments, highlighting federal agencies' continued focus on preventing unethical contractors from receiving federal funds.

The DOJ is responsible for statutorily mandated debarment for criminal fraud convictions arising out of a contract with the Department of Defense, and for debarment of individuals convicted of trafficking in or possession of drugs. The DOJ IG's June 26 audit concludes that a number of shortcomings "create the possibility that federal funding may be inadvertently and inappropriately awarded to excluded individuals."

The inspector general's...

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