HUBZone joint venture rules are very specific and can be complex. Failure to follow them can lead a small business down a serious path that harms the businesses future. The rules have what appear to be simple compliance terms. However, there are some tricky legal nuances that can cause a… Read more »

To effectively respond to, or negotiate the government’s suspension or debarment actions, it is important for contractors to understand the underlying legal and policy principles. Under federal government procurement regulations, debarred means  that the government can elect to prohibit any recipient of government contracts, grants, and covered Non-procurement transactions. The… Read more »

Administrative agreements during suspension or debarment, in essence, focus on the trust from the agency that the contractor will comply with the terms and conditions. The government agency has decided to give the company a second chance to prove that is worthy of getting more revenues from the federal government…. Read more »

Lack of understanding SBA 8(a) Regulations Can Put Criminal Defendants at Risk On the issue of defrauding SBA Disadvantaged Small Business Program, there many recent cases where the Department of Justice, SBA Inspector General and other government entities have investigated and indicted Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) owners for committing procurement… Read more »

Having received the government suspension or debarment notice, you have to seriously consider your company’s approach to defending and responding to the agency’s recommendation to the deciding office. Contractor suspension and debarment actions are serious business and having the right response can save your company’s future. Defending and Responding —… Read more »

The Federal Debarment Policy for government contractors  require that businesses or subcontractors that are suspended or debarred will not be allowed  will not use funds from federal grants, fellowship, cooperative agreements, scholarships, bid on federal contracts or even apply for loans to purchase goods and services. In short, federal debarment policy… Read more »

When a government contractor is recommended for debarment, the first part of defending the action is to see whether the company falls within the intended purpose of the statute. The purpose of the Debarment and Suspension System is: To protect the public interest, the Federal Government ensures the integrity of Federal… Read more »

In service disabled veteran owned fraud cases, and as a result of Public Law 109-461, the VA is authorized to award sole source contracts and/or set aside contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). From 01/01/2008 to 09/30/2014, the VA OIG Office of Investigations indicted 44 individuals/companies; arrested 40 individuals;… Read more »

  Suspension and debarment of government contractors come into play when you do not comply with the terms and conditions of your contract. Not all companies understand what does debarred mean. The consequences are serious and can severely impact your business revenues. How you respond to a proposed suspension or debarment notice is… Read more »

A recent SBA 8(a) procurement fraud scheme and corruption case resulted in four retired and one active duty Army National Guard officials pleading guilty for their role in procurement fraud crimes under the SBA 8(a) Program. The result of procurement fraud schemes and corruption ended in the award of millions of dollars in marketing,… Read more »