Monday, September 6, 2010

Federal Debarment Check Required for All Contract Types

For any federally funded contract, public agencies must conduct a debarment check on the selected firm if the amount of the contract is $25,000 or more, regardless of the contract type.  Many agencies only have practices in place to address conducting the debarment check on public works construction projects.  

Audit Finding:  The City of Olympia, Washington was recently the subject of an audit finding for failure to conduct the federal debarment check for $317,528 paid to an engineering consultant firm.  Click here to read the audit finding from the Washington State Auditor's Office.

Federal Website Address:  To check the federal debarment and suspension history of firms, visit  Make sure you print a copy of the results to keep in your contract file.

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