The Government debarment and suspension procedures are intended to prevent poor performance, waste, fraud and abuse in Federal procurement and nonprocurement actions. Debarment or suspension of an organization, business or individual from doing business with the Federal government is not meant to be a punishment, but a procedure to ensure that federally funded business is conducted legally with responsible persons. The General Services Administration maintains the list of those who are debarred or suspended from doing business with the Federal government. Guidance for agency suspension and debarment activities is provided by Executive Order 12549, "Debarment and Suspension", and Executive Order 12689, same title.

Section 4 of Executive Order 12549, directed the establishment of the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension. Committee members and its Chairman are appointed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); all members are Federal employees. The Committee monitors the implementation of the Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension System , and periodically reports to OMB on Federal implementation efforts. The Committee coordinates lead agency's actions, provides support for individual agencies' efforts, and assists in developing unified Federal policy. When directed by OMB, Committee members serve as a regulatory drafting body for revisions to the Debarment and Suspension Common Rule.  The Committee also conducts independent studies and issues reports to OMB.

For more information, contact the individuals listed below.

The following links provide additional useful information.

Inquiries regarding the Committee may be addressed to:

Robert Meunier   Suzanne Hersh
Committee Chairman   Administrative Support
Environmental Protection Agency or Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (202) 564-5399   Phone: (202) 564-5374
FAX: (202) 565-2469   FAX: (202) 565-2469
email:   email:

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