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Entries in debarment (53)

Thursday
Dec122013

Smith and Wesson still deals with Africa sting legacy

Here's what Massachusettss-based gun-maker Smith and Wesson said in its annual report (Form 10-Q) filed with the SEC on December 10:

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Tuesday
Oct222013

Can anyone navigate the India defense blacklist?

India’s emergence as the largest importer of weapons in the world has coincided with well-intentioned efforts to clean up a procurement process with a history of bribery problems.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Automatic Cross-Debarment: A Comparative Discussion

As readers of the FCPA Blog know, the U.S. federal government has traditionally cross-debarred contractors across the federal government -- once a contractor is debarred by one agency, that contractor is automatically debarred by all. Similarly, since 2010, the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) have had a cross-debarment agreement in place, providing for the mutual enforcement of debarment decisions with respect to the four harmonized sanctionable practices, i.e. corruption, fraud, coercion, and collusion.

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Monday
Sep302013

SNC-Lavalin says 32 employees requested amnesty

Scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin said Monday that 32 employees came forward with requests under its corporate amnesty program between June 3 and August 31.

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Wednesday
Sep182013

The World Bank fights back on corruption

For contractors that receive any funds from World Bank financing, the risk of getting caught in the Bank’s enforcement net has never been greater. And the effects are more severe. There are three key enforcement issues to note this year.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

The Congressional War on Contractors

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.

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Wednesday
Jul102013

World Bank Group: External Consultations on Review of Sanctions System

The World Bank Group recently announced that it is launching a global multi-stakeholder consultation on its sanctions system. This consultation is part of a stock-taking exercise, intended to help the World Bank Group to evaluate the implementation of the system thus far and its various reforms to date, with a view to identifying possible entry points for making improvements. The Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group (LEG) is conducting consultations with external stakeholders to solicit feedback on the system.

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Wednesday
Jul032013

The SUSPEND Act: Improving the Suspension and Debarment System?

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).

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Thursday
Apr182013

Ten-year World Bank debarment for SNC-Lavalin 

Canada's scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin has been barred from World Bank-funded projects for ten years because of alleged corruption in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Libya, and Algeria.

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Thursday
Apr112013

A government debarment professional’s response to the SUSPEND Act critique

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.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

The SUSPEND Act Part II: Panacea or Problem?

This is Part II of a three-part series on the SUSPEND Act.  Part I is available here.

As we discussed in Part I, the SUSPEND Act mandates repealing all civilian agencies’ suspension and debarment (S/D) authority, and replacing the independent programs with a single Board of Civilian Suspension and Debarment.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

The SUSPEND Act Part I: 'Fraudsters, Criminals, or Tax Cheats'

In recent years, suspension and debarment (S/D) programs in some federal agencies have been under pressure from the Executive Branch and Congress to increase their actions (see here, here and here).

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