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Areas of Practice » Government Contracts » Suspension & Debarment


Suspension and debarment are tools used by the government to protect itself from the risks of doing business with contractors it determines lack “present responsibility.” In analyzing whether a federal contractor lacks present responsibility, the procuring agency’s suspension and debarment officials will analyze the contractor’s honesty, integrity, ethics, responsibility and competence, among other things. Contractors debarred, suspended or proposed for debarment are excluded from competing for or receiving contracts and grants. Given the widespread business impact of these tools, it is imperative that government contractors consult experienced legal counsel both throughout the life of their business in order to avoid a proposed suspension, debarment or proposed debarment and immediately upon notice of such a threatened action.

Our government contracts attorneys work one-on-one with their clients to develop and implement compliance plans to mitigate the risk of a proposed suspension and debarment. We firmly believe legal services are best used as a preventative measure, rather than as a defensive measure. If suspension and debarment has been threatened, our attorneys are experienced in responding to show cause notices, negotiating resolutions with the government, participating in fact finding proceedings, and opposing such actions in court. We understand the devastation that suspensions and debarments have on our clients’ companies. At The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, we work tirelessly to protect our clients’ reputations, limit losses and get our clients back in business.