Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Federal Debarments Increase

The number of federal suspensions or debarments jumped 73% in 2011 over 2009 figures.  A total of 3,326 of firms or individuals were suspended or debarred in 2011.  Click here for more information.

New database problems: Meanwhile, the new federal debarment database (www.sam.gov) that was launched at the end of July 2012 has still not totally replaced the previous system at www.epls.gov.  A current notice on www.epls.gov states that "due to the traffic volume at SAM, EPLS is available for a short time for searching the excluded parties list only."  See my previous blog entry on SAM.

Check the database:  If your agency receives federal funding, be aware of the requirement to check whether those you intend to contract with are suspended or debarred by the federal government.  It's an easy action to take, but many public agencies miss this step, often resulting in audit findings.  

Audit findings:  The following three agencies in Washington state recently received audit findings from the Washington State Auditor's Office for failure to comply with the federal suspension and debarment requirements (click on the name to read the audit finding):

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