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SUBPART 209.4--DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, AND INELIGIBILITY

(Revised November 23, 2020)

 

 



 209.402 Policy.
 209.403 Definitions.
 209.405 Effect of listing.
 209.405-2 Restrictions on subcontracting.
 209.406 Debarment.
 209.406-1 General.
 209.406-2 Causes for debarment.
 209.406-3 Procedures.
 209.407 Suspension.
 209.407-3 Procedures.
 209.409 Solicitation provision and contract clause.
 209.470 Reserved.
 209.470-1 Definition.
 209.470-2 Policy.
 209.470-3 Procedures.
 209.470-4 Solicitation provision and contract clause.
 209.471 Congressional Medal of Honor.


209.402  Policy.

 

      (d)  The suspension and debarment procedures in Appendix H are to be followed by all debarring and suspending officials.

 

      (e)  The department or agency shall provide a copy of Appendix H, Debarment and Suspension Procedures, to contractors at the time of their suspension or when they are proposed for debarment, and upon request to other interested parties.

 

209.403  Definitions.

“Debarring and suspending official.”

 

              (1)  For DoD, the designees are—


Army—Director, Soldier & Family Legal Services

 

Navy/Marine Corps—The Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity)

 

Air Force—Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility)

 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—The Director

 

Defense Information Systems Agency—The General Counsel

 

Defense Logistics Agency—The Special Assistant for Contracting Integrity

 

Defense Intelligence Agency—The Senior Procurement Executive

 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency—The General Counsel

 

Defense Threat Reduction Agency—The Director

 

National Security Agency—The Senior Acquisition Executive

 

Missile Defense Agency—The General Counsel

 

United States Cyber Command—The Staff Judge Advocate

 

Defense Health Agency—The General Counsel

 

Overseas installations—as designated by the agency head

 

              (2)  Overseas debarring and suspending officials—

 

                    (i)  Are authorized to debar or suspend contractors located within the official's geographic area of responsibility under any delegation of authority they receive from their agency head.

 

                    (ii)  Debar or suspend in accordance with the procedures in FAR Subpart 9.4 or under modified procedures approved by the agency head based on consideration of the laws or customs of the foreign countries concerned.

 

                    (iii)  In addition to the bases for debarment in FAR 9.406-2, may consider the following additional bases—

 

                            (A)  The foreign country concerned determines that a contractor has engaged in bid-rigging, price-fixing, or other anti-competitive behavior; or

 

                            (B)  The foreign country concerned declares the contractor to be formally debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible to contract with that foreign government or its instrumentalities.

 

              (3)  The Defense Logistics Agency Special Assistant for Contracting Integrity is the exclusive representative of the Secretary of Defense to suspend and debar contractors from the purchase of Federal personal property under the Federal Property Management Regulations (41 CFR 101-45.6) and the Defense Materiel Disposition Manual (DoD 4160.21-M).

 

209.405  Effect of listing.

 

      (a)  Under 10 U.S.C. 2393(b), when a department or agency determines that a compelling reason exists for it to conduct business with a contractor that is debarred or suspended from procurement programs, it must provide written notice of the determination to the General Services Administration (GSA), GSA Suspension and Debarment Official, Office of Acquisition Policy, 1275 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20417.   Examples of compelling reasons are—

 

              (i)  Only a debarred or suspended contractor can provide the supplies or services;

 

              (ii)  Urgency requires contracting with a debarred or suspended contractor;

 

              (iii)  The contractor and a department or agency have an agreement covering the same events that resulted in the debarment or suspension and the agreement includes the department or agency decision not to debar or suspend the contractor; or

 

              (iv)  The national defense requires continued business dealings with the debarred or suspended contractor.

 

      (b)(i)  The Procurement Cause and Treatment Code "H" annotation in the Exclusions section of the System for Award Management (SAM Exclusions) identifies contractor facilities where no part of a contract or subcontract may be performed because of a violation of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7606) or the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1368).

 

              (ii)  Under the authority of Section 8 of Executive Order 11738, the agency head may grant an exemption permitting award to a contractor using a Code "H" ineligible facility if the agency head determines that such an exemption is in the paramount interest of the United States. 

 

                    (A)  The agency head may delegate this exemption authority to a level no lower than a general or flag officer or a member of the Senior Executive Service.

 

                    (B)  The official granting the exemption—

 

                            (1)  Shall promptly notify the Environmental Protection Agency suspending and debarring official of the exemption and the corresponding justification; and

 

                            (2)  May grant a class exemption only after consulting with the Environmental Protection Agency suspending and debarring official.

 

                    (C)  Exemptions shall be for a period not to exceed one year.  The continuing necessity for each exemption shall be reviewed annually and, upon the making of a new determination, may be extended for periods not to exceed one year. 

 

                    (D)  All exemptions must be reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency suspending and debarring official.

 

                    (E)  See PGI 209.405 (DFARS/PGI view) for additional procedures and information.

 

See Class Deviation 2014-O0013, implementing section 8120 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Division D of Pub. L. 113-76. Contracting officers shall not use Fiscal Year 2014 Funds to contract with entities convicted of fraud against the Federal Government. This class deviation remains in effect until incorporated into the DFARS or rescinded.

 

209.405-2  Restrictions on subcontracting.

 

      (a)  The contracting officer shall not consent to any subcontract with a firm, or a subsidiary of a firm, that is identified by the Secretary of Defense in SAM Exclusions as being owned or controlled by the government of a country that is a state sponsor of terrorism unless the agency head states in writing the compelling reasons for the subcontract. (See also 225.771.)

 

209.406  Debarment.

 

209.406-1  General.

 

      (a)(i)  When the debarring official decides that debarment is not necessary, the official may require the contractor to enter into a written agreement which includes—

 

                    (A)  A requirement for the contractor to establish, if not already established, and to maintain the standards of conduct and internal control systems prescribed by FAR subpart 3.10; and

 

                    (B)  Other requirements the debarring official considers appropriate.

 

              (ii)  Before the debarring official decides not to suspend or debar in the case of an indictment or conviction for a felony, the debarring official must determine that the contractor has addressed adequately the circumstances that gave rise to the misconduct, and that appropriate standards of ethics and integrity are in place and are working.

 

209.406-2  Causes for debarment.

 

      (1)  Any person shall be considered for debarment if criminally convicted of intentionally affixing a label bearing a “Made in America” inscription to any product sold in or shipped to the United States or its outlying areas that was not made in the United States or its outlying areas (10 U.S.C. 2410f).

 

              (i)  The debarring official will make a determination concerning debarment not later than 90 days after determining that a person has been so convicted.

 

              (ii)  In cases where the debarring official decides not to debar, the debarring official will report that decision to the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, who will notify Congress within 30 days after the decision is made.

 

      (2)  Any contractor that knowingly provides compensation to a former DoD official in violation of section 847 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 may face suspension and debarment proceedings in accordance with 41 U.S.C. 2105(c)(1)(C).

 

209.406-3  Procedures.

Refer all matters appropriate for consideration by an agency debarring and suspending official as soon as practicable to the appropriate debarring and suspending official identified in 209.403.  Any person may refer a matter to the debarring and suspending official.  Follow the procedures at PGI 209.406-3 (DFARS/PGI view).

 

209.407  Suspension.

 

209.407-3  Procedures.

Refer all matters appropriate for consideration by an agency debarring and suspending official as soon as practicable to the appropriate debarring and suspending official identified in 209.403.  Any person may refer a matter to the debarring and suspending official.  Follow the procedures at PGI 209.407-3 (DFARS/PGI view).

 

209.409  Solicitation provision and contract clause.

Use the clause at 252.209-7004, Subcontracting with Firms that are Owned or Controlled by the Government of a Country that is a State Sponsor of Terrorism, in solicitations and contracts with a value of $150,000 or more.

 

209.470  Reserved.

 

209.471  Congressional Medal of Honor.

In accordance with Section 8118 of Pub. L. 105-262, do not award a contract to, extend a contract with, or approve the award of a subcontract to any entity that, within the preceding 15 years, has been convicted under 18 U.S.C. 704 of the unlawful manufacture or sale of the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Any entity so convicted will be listed as ineligible on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs published by the General Services Administration.

 


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