Entries in Suspension (8)
Yesterday, my FCPA Blog colleague, Dick Cassin, posted Memo to law schools: The world needs compliance officers, in which he implored law schools to train J.D. candidates in compliance. He also noted that while a few schools teach the FCPA and white collar courses, compliance is not taught in law schools.
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.
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).
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.
On Tuesday, October 9th, the World Bank will host a Colloquium on Suspension and Debarment, a tool used to "blacklist" non-responsible, corrupt or otherwise unqualified contractors.