Annual report shows that exclusions from doing business with the government have decreased in recent years, yet are still up from 2009.
The number of contractor suspensions and debarments in fiscal 2018 was nearly double that of 2009, when an interagency committee started formally tracking them, but federal agencies are also increasingly relying on alternative measures to resolve disputes, according to a new report.
In fiscal 2018, agencies surveyed by the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee reported 480 suspensions (temporary exclusions when an investigation is ongoing), 1,542 proposed debarments and 1,334 debarments (exclusions for a set period of time after an investigation or legal proceedings against a contractor), according to the committee’s annual report released Tuesday. This is about twice the activity level reported in fiscal 2009. However, since fiscal 2014, the number of suspensions and debarments has been decreasing.