Calls For Contractor Debarment Carry Political Appeal

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT) -- Barring unscrupulous companies from getting government contracts has become a politically popular topic on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, but some contracting experts worry that lawmakers are pushing unhelpful proposals in an effort to appear tougher on wasteful spending.

Congressional interest in suspension and debarment has risen sharply over the past few years, driven by widely publicized reports of contracting corruption and by the closer scrutiny on federal spending that the recent recession ushered in. Government contracting experts expect the interest will continue to grow, because...
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