Jay Rosen, “Mr. Monitor,” explores the similarities between suspensions and debarments, as well as how the actions differ. As far as likenesses go, consider both actions the kiss of death for federal contractors.
Recalling that the GSA website states, “The Suspension and Debarment process protects the federal government from fraud, waste and abuse by using a number of tools to avoid doing business with non-responsible contractors. Suspensions, proposals for debarment and debarments are the most widely known tools as these actions are visible to the public.
A suspension is used when there is an immediate need. It is a temporary measure; there is a 12-month limit, which can be extended for another six months. A debarment is for a specific term, but generally not longer than three years.