(a) Each subpart contains information related to a broad topic or specific audience with special responsibilities, as shown in the following table:
|In subpart . . .||You will find provisions related to . . .|
|A||general information about Subparts A through I of this part.|
|B||the types of transactions that are covered by the Governmentwide nonprocurement suspension and debarment system.|
|C||the responsibilities of persons who participate in covered transactions.|
|D||the responsibilities of Federal agency officials who are authorized to enter into covered transactions.|
|E||the responsibilities of Federal agencies for entering information into SAM Exclusions|
|F||the general principles governing suspension, debarment, voluntary exclusion and settlement.|
|I||definitions of terms used in this part.|
(b) The following table shows which subparts may be of special interest to you, depending on who you are:
|If you are . . .||See Subpart(s) . . .|
|(1) a participant or principal in a nonprocurement transaction||A, B, C and I.|
|(2) a respondent in a suspension action||A, B, F, G and I.|
|(3) a respondent in a debarment action||A, B, F, H and I.|
|(4) a suspending official||A, B, E, F, G and I.|
|(5) a debarring official||A, B, D, F, H and I.|
|(6) an Federal agency official authorized to enter into a covered transaction||A, B, D, E and I.|
(a) This part uses a “plain language” format to make it easier for the general public and business community to use. The section headings and text, often in the form of questions and answers, must be read together.
(b) Pronouns used within this part, such as “I” and “you,” change from subpart to subpart depending on the audience being addressed.
(c) The “Covered Transactions” diagram in the appendix to this part shows the levels or “tiers” at which a Federal agency may enforce an exclusion.
This part uses terms throughout the text that have special meaning. Those terms are defined in subpart I of this part. For example, three important terms are -
(a) Exclusion or excluded, which refers only to discretionary actions taken by a suspending or debarring official under Executive Order 12549 and Executive Order 12689 or under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (48 CFR part 9, subpart 9.4);
(b) Disqualification or disqualified, which refers to prohibitions under specific statutes, executive orders (other than Executive Order 12549 and Executive Order 12689), or other authorities. Disqualifications frequently are not subject to the discretion of a Federal agency official, may have a different scope than exclusions, or have special conditions that apply to the disqualification; and
(c) Ineligibility or ineligible, which generally refers to a person who is either excluded or disqualified.
Subparts A through I of this part provide for reciprocal exclusion of persons who have been excluded under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and provide for the consolidated listing of all persons who are excluded, or disqualified by statute, executive order or other legal authority.
(a) Person who has been, is, or may reasonably be expected to be, a participant or principal in a covered transaction;
(b) Respondent (a person against whom a Federal agency has initiated a debarment or suspension action);
(c) Federal agency debarring or suspending official; or
(d) Federal agency official who is authorized to enter into covered transactions with non-Federal parties.
(a) To protect the public interest, the Federal Government ensures the integrity of Federal programs by conducting business only with responsible persons.
(b) A Federal agency uses the nonprocurement debarment and suspension system to exclude from Federal programs persons who are not presently responsible.
(c) An exclusion is a serious action that a Federal agency may take only to protect the public interest. A Federal agency may not exclude a person or commodity for the purposes of punishment.
(a) Be a participant in a Federal agency transaction that is a covered transaction; or
(b) Act as a principal of a person participating in one of those covered transactions.
(a) A Federal agency head or designee may grant an exception permitting an excluded person to participate in a particular covered transaction. If the agency head or designee grants an exception, the exception must be in writing and state the reason(s) for deviating from the governmentwide policy in Executive Order 12549.
(b) An exception granted by one Federal agency for an excluded person does not extend to the covered transactions of another Federal agency.
If any Federal agency excludes a person under Executive Order 12549 or Executive Order 12689, on or after August 25, 1995, the excluded person is also ineligible for Federal procurement transactions under the FAR. Therefore, an exclusion under this part has reciprocal effect in Federal procurement transactions.
If any Federal agency excludes a person under the FAR on or after August 25, 1995, the excluded person is also ineligible to participate in Federal agencies' nonprocurement covered transactions. Therefore, an exclusion under the FAR has reciprocal effect in Federal nonprocurement transactions.
Given a cause that justifies an exclusion under this part, a Federal agency may exclude any person who has been, is, or may reasonably be expected to be a participant or principal in a covered transaction.
Check the Governmentwide System for Award Management Exclusions (SAM Exclusions) to determine whether a person is excluded. The General Services Administration (GSA) maintains the SAM Exclusions and makes it available, as detailed in Subpart E of this part. When a Federal agency takes an action to exclude a person under the nonprocurement or procurement debarment and suspension system, the agency enters the information about the excluded person into the SAM Exclusions.