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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ADB debarments up in 2012

The Asia Development Bank said in its annual report this week that it imposed sanctions on 42 firms in 2012 and 38 individuals.

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The EPA suspends BP from contracting with the U.S. Government

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has suspended BP from the U.S. procurement system. The EPA explained that it did so because of BP's "lack of business integrity" relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

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Afghanistan's corruption blame game

Afghan President Hamid KarzaiCorruption levels are higher than ever in Afghanistan and Hamid Karzai has been quick to blame the U.S.

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An integrative approach to suspension and debarment? No, not yet

Last Tuesday, October 9th, the World Bank hosted a colloquium on “Suspension and Debarment,” featuring four panels of experts from around the world.

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