Suspension & Debarment
Suspension or debarment from contracting with the federal government can have devastating consequences for prime contractors, subcontractor and grantees. Being listed on the government’s “Excluded Parties List System” (EPLS) (now found on “SAM,” the government’s System for Award Management) renders a company ineligible for federal government work, federal export licenses and state and local contracts.
The federal government is aggressive in its approach to debarring or suspending contractors. Contractors risk suspension or debarment if they have pled or otherwise been found guilty of criminal conduct and even where they fail to disclose to the government “credible evidence” of a violation of certain criminal fraud laws or the False Claims Act. Other grounds include false certifications of Buy American or Trade Agreements Act compliance, which certifications are required in many bids and proposals.
Jackson Kelly has extensive experience helping clients – large and small – address government suspension and debarment matters. Jackson Kelly attorneys have resolved threatened, proposed and actual suspensions and debarments for numbers of clients. Attorneys routinely represent clients at all stages of suspension and debarment including, critically, in advance of any action by an agency Suspension and Debarment Official. The length and breadth of experience in handling matters that lead to the threat of suspension and debarment has caused even counsel from other firms to turn to Jackson Kelly for help. Key agency debarring officials know Jackson Kelly attorneys and routinely interact with them in professional associations.
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