The suspension and debarment system has faced increased scrutiny from the private and public sectors alike, which generally argue that the system is broken because the respective authorities are not following, or are inconsistently applying, the rules.  In response to this criticism, Congress historically has reacted with a heavy hand, i.e. by proposing mandatory suspension or debarment for certain offenses.  One of the more recently proposed examples of such Congressional action – House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s Stop Unworthy Spending Act, better known as the SUSPEND Act – departs from this trend of mandating suspension and debarment in limited, specific circumstances, but still fails to address the system’s perceived weaknesses.

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