For government contractors, a debarment immediately renders them ineligible for government contracting and, in turn, cuts off revenue, leading to potential irreparable harm. For individuals facing debarment, the effect is equally as dire, as most government contractors will immediately terminate an employee who has been proposed for debarment, or at a minimum, place the employee on leave pending a resolution. With such high stakes, those who find themselves in the crosshairs of such proceedings inevitably have questions. What should I do if I am debarred, and how does debarment affect me? How will my reputation be impacted by debarment? What can I do to avoid debarment? Unfortunately, adequate answers can be difficult to find.
But when it comes to the practice of suspension and debarment, Pillsbury’s government contracts practice has you covered and can quickly demystify the process leaving you with answers to your questions and supporting you with strategy recommendations. While each case is unique and our guidance and strategy development turns on the particular facts of each client’s case, here are 10 recommended steps you should consider taking should you receive a notice of proposed debarment or suspension.
Again, we highly recommend that you retain experienced counsel to guide you through the process, which is complex, with many unwritten rules and principles.
Our group—which includes former government insider Todd J. Canni, who served as a debarment official with the Department of Air Force and has chaired the American Bar Association, Suspension and Debarment Committee—can help you develop a comprehensive strategy for responding to a notice of proposed debarment or notice of suspension and then implement it.