A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (2018 NDAA; H.R. 2810) would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to prepare a report on defense contracting fraud.
Specifically, Section 889 of the 2018 NDAA requires the DoD to report the number of fraud-related criminal convictions of contractors over the past five fiscal years and prepare a listing of those contractors that were debarred or suspended based on their criminal conviction. The report will also require a listing of contractors having civil judgments or settlements related to fraud over the past five years. DoD will be required to provide an assessment of the dollar value of contracts awarded to these companies. The report will also include a recommendation on how to “penalize contractors repeatedly involved in fraud in connection with contracts or other transactions entered into with the Federal Government.” DoD has 180 days to prepare the report upon passage of 2018 NDAA.
This is not the first time Congress has requested such a report. A similar provision was contained in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 requiring reporting for fiscal years 2000-2010. That report came out in October 2011.
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