Suspension and Debarment on the Rise: A Popular Enforcement Tool in the United States

International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 2 (Sept. 2015)

5 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2016

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Pascale Dubois

World Bank - Office of Suspension & Debarment

Collin D. Swan

George Washington University - Law School; Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

Nathaniel Castellano

Arnold & Porter; George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

A well-functioning suspension and debarment system can be an effective tool for governments to promote integrity in public procurements, reduce performance risk, and mitigate the likelihood of fraud and corruption. The latest annual report from the US Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) reveals that the number of suspensions and debarments in the United States has increased steadily over the last six years. As discussed below, the recent efforts by United States agencies to improve their suspension and debarment systems reveal a growing recognition of the importance of these mechanisms.

Keywords: suspension and debarment, public procurement, government contracts, anti-corruption, exclusion, sanction, integrity

JEL Classification: H1, H57, K1, K23, K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Dubois, Pascale and Swan, Collin D. and Castellano, Nathaniel, Suspension and Debarment on the Rise: A Popular Enforcement Tool in the United States (September 1, 2015). International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 2 (Sept. 2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760055

Pascale Dubois

World Bank - Office of Suspension & Debarment ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Collin D. Swan (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Nathaniel Castellano

Arnold & Porter ( email )

601 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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