Why is Congress always picking on government contractors? It seems like every few months, a member of Congress (or congressional committee) is giving a speech, holding a hearing or introducing a bill aimed at “bad contractors.” It makes sense—now that Congress has passed a budget, avoided sequestration, and successfully resolved the myriad problems plaguing the United States, Congress needs to go after the true cause of this country’s problems: government contractors.
Entries in SUSPEND Act (8)
On February 5, 2013, Rep. Issa introduced the Stop Unworthy Spending (SUSPEND) Act--a discussion draft bill that proposes to overhaul the federal suspension & debarment system. The SUSPEND Act has triggered significant interest and debate within the procurement community. Indeed, last April, I co-authored a series with Lauren Youngman about the SUSPEND Act (see Part I, Part II, and Part III).
When was the last time you heard about important business decisions being made by panels of Chief Executive Officers working together on an issue? What about successes brought on by co-General Managers of major league sports teams? How about any sustained praise in organizational behavior journals for the ability of groups to arrive at decisions more quickly and effectively than an individual?
As a government suspension, debarment and procurement fraud professional, I often worry that we spend so much time doing our jobs in this resource-constrained environment that we cede opportunities to shape the messaging and public impression of our work by not writing or engaging in outreach enough.
This is Part II of a three-part series on the SUSPEND Act. Part I is available here.
As we discussed in Part I, the SUSPEND Act mandates repealing all civilian agencies’ suspension and debarment (S/D) authority, and replacing the independent programs with a single Board of Civilian Suspension and Debarment.