Federal Contractors Face Rising Debarment Threat

, Corporate Counsel


The number of suspensions and debarments of federal contractors is at an all-time high, and one veteran contracts lawyer called the current environment for these corporations, "in a word: hostile."

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  • Paul Robinson

    It also depends on how the contractor acts. Contractors who are proactive on seeing that misbehaving employees are properly disciplined, or if necessary, punished for misconduct, go a long way to show the company itself is innocent of wrongdoing, e.g. if you catch someone knowingly embezzling government property and they're turned over to the police, even (and especially) if they're an officer, director or high executive of the contractor, as opposed to letting 'big fish' get away with repayment and resignation while low-level employees get police and prosecution, shows you do not tolerate misconduct and not that connected and powerful people get favoritism and little guys get prosecuted but nothing ever changes.

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