GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS CLIENT ALERT: Two New Acts Expand Agency Debarment and Suspension Authority

    8 February 2012
    The 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) broaden the reach of the government’s suspension and debarment authority. The CAA prohibits covered federal agencies from contracting with any corporation that has been convicted of a felony within the past 24 months or is delinquent in its tax payments unless the agency has considered the corporation for debarment or suspension. Section 841 of the NDAA authorizes the head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) to recommend a ban on government contracting for any company CENTCOM finds is supporting insurgency operations.