Contractor Control

Members of Congress and several construction industry organizations are pushing for tighter restrictions on the behavior of federal contractors. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent, non-profit watchdog, recently found 70 instances of misconduct and alleged misconduct perpetrated by some of the top 10 federal contractors.

08/01/2003


Members of Congress and several construction industry organizations are pushing for tighter restrictions on the behavior of federal contractors. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent, non-profit watchdog, recently found 70 instances of misconduct and alleged misconduct perpetrated by some of the top 10 federal contractors.

In a July 28 press release, supporters of the Contractors Accountability Act of 2003 cited the report as evidence that their bill is needed. "The federal government should not be in the business of repeatedly rewarding contracts to companies who repeatedly break the rules," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

The bipartisan act would create a database of actions taken against federal contractors and would help government agencies determine which companies were practicing responsible, ethical business conduct and which should be disbarred or suspended. The act would place the burden of proof on the person seeking a contract if they've previously been convicted of two violations.





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