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Jay Rosen, “Mr. Monitor,” of Affiliated Monitors, continues his running series on monitorships with a sub-series on the tools the government uses to guard against fraud, waste and abuse.

The General Services Administration 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.”

Government Extending its Reach

Suspension and debarment are not civil or criminal matters resulting in a penalty being imposed on a party; instead, they are an administrative matter.