Contractors want to kill a federal effort to create a database of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings against them. The reason: It would be unfair to contractors.
So says a story last week in DefenseNews.
The Federal Spending Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), went to the floor of the House for debate this morning.
It calls for the creation of a data systemt to "'track fraudulent federal contractors and prevent them from continuing to do business with the federal government,'" the DefenseNews story says.
That's tough stuff, and the National Defense Industrial Association is not happy with it.
Lawrence Farrell, president of the NDIA, told DefenseNews that's because it would not have a mechanism for rebuttals. In a letter to lawmakers, he said that it "appears to undermine the fundamental principles of due process."
"Farrell, a retired Air Force general, said the "NDIA fully supports the laudable objective" of maintaining a high level of accountability in federal contracting. But as proposed, the database might 'in reality serve as a contractor blacklist,'" according to the story.
"'The proposed database will not fully explain the nature of the reported data, remedial action instituted by the subject company and the relative severity of cited infractions,' Farrell wrote."
"'The mere existence of an action ... does not automatically equate to substantial corporate wrongdoing," he said."
The Project On Government Oversight posted this item today in support of the legislation.
"The bill comes at a crucial time, as government contracting spending has ballooned to $440 billion a year, with few safeguards in place to prevent irresponsible contractors from receiving future taxpayer dollars,' the POGO item said.
POGO include a document from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They said: "The Chamber believes this bill is unnecessary, and will result in contractors being denied the ability to compete for federal work because of allegations or citations that were without merit."
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