How to Respond to Notice of Proposed Suspension or Debarment (www.barment-appeal.com)
Suspension and Debarment Officials issue notices of proposed suspension or debarment to companies and individuals if there has been misconduct undermining the integrity of the procurement system. This Guide will provide general advice on how to respond to the notices. Educational Use Only
What is a notice of proposed suspension or debarment?This notice is given to you to advise you that you have been blacklisted, you cannot engage in Government procurement, and that you have 30 days to respond under the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Time is of the essence and you must act quickly. Read the notice very carefully and keep it in a safe place. Determine if all the information provided in it is true and accurate.
What are my rights?The U.S. Constitution and the Federal Acquisition Regulation provides you with numerous procedural and substantice rights. They include: (1) the right to respond, (2) the right to appear for a hearing, (3) the right to a fair hearing, (4) the right to a complete and through investigation, and (5) the right to appeal, if necessary. An experienced attorney who focuses on representing Clients in debarment proceedings will assist you in reviewing the investigation, identifying legal issues, developing facts, and preparing comprehensive responses backed-up by facts and legal reserach.
What should I put in my response to notice of proposed suspension or debarmentThis really depends on your particular facts. Debarment or suspension may occur simply because you have been investigated or found guilty of something (statutory debarment). But a good portion of all debarments is fact-based. You should consult with an experienced attorney to properly asses your case, and review the evidence. For example, the attorney will advise you what evidence supports each allegation against you. This will assist in determining how to respond to the allegations. You should always put true and accurate information. Provide supporting documents. You may consider providing character statements and documents denying the allegations against you. Consult with an attorney regarding the details. Educational Use Only / No Attorney-Client Relationship / Attorney-Advertising