Suspensions, Proposed Debarments and Debarments are used by agencies to protect themselves from irresponsible contractors.
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 9.4 directs agencies to solicit offers, award contracts and consent to subcontracts only with responsible contractors. The process for suspension and debarment is left to agency discretion. The rule results from the efforts of the Office of Management and Budget to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the 1980s. Suspension and debarment used to be referred to as “blacklisting.” The rule follows court decisions laying a constitutional foundation for a debarment process and contains procedural and substantive requirements for initiating action and issuing decisions.