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The DC Code: § 2-359.07 Debarment and suspension.

Index2 Government Administration. (Refs & Annos)
a
(1) After reasonable notice to a person, and reasonable opportunity to be heard:
A
The CPO shall debar a person from consideration for award of contracts or subcontracts for any conviction under subsection (c)(1) through (3) of this section, for a judicial determination of a violation under subsection (c)(4) of this section, or for a CPO determination of a violation under subsection (c)(5) through (7) of this section, unless the CPO makes a finding in writing that it would be contrary to the best interests of the District to do so or the present responsibility of the person is such that a debarment would not be warranted; and
B
The CPO may debar a person from consideration for award of contracts or subcontracts if one or more of the causes listed in subsection (b) of this section exist.
2
The debarment shall not be for a period of more than 5 years.
b
(1) The CPO shall suspend a person from consideration for award of contracts or subcontracts for any conviction listed in subsection (c)(1) through (3) of this section, for a judicial determination of a violation under subsection (c)(4) or (5) of this section, or for a CPO determination of a violation under subsection (c)(5) through (7) of this section, unless the CPO makes a finding in writing that it would be contrary to the best interests of the District to do so.
2
The CPO may suspend a person from consideration for award of contracts or subcontracts if the person is charged with the commission of any offense described in subsection (c) of this section and if the CPO makes a finding in writing that such suspension would be in the best interests of the District unless the present responsibility of the person is such that a suspension would not be warranted.
c
Causes for debarment or suspension include the following:
1
Conviction for the commission of a criminal offense incident to obtaining, or attempting to obtain, a public or private contract or subcontract or in the performance of the contract or subcontract;
2
Conviction under this chapter or under any other District, federal, or state law for fraud, embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, receiving stolen property, or any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity which currently affects the contractor's responsibility as a District government contractor;
3
Conviction under District, federal, or state antitrust laws arising out of the submission of bids or proposals;
4
A violation under subchapter I of Chapter 3B of this chapter;
5
A false assertion of certified business enterprise status or eligibility as defined in subchapter IX-A of Chapter 2 of this title; or
6
A violation of contract provisions, as set forth below, of a character which is regarded by the CPO to be sufficiently serious to justify debarment action:
A
Willful failure, without good cause, to perform in accordance with the specifications or within the time limit provided in the contract; or
B
A recent record of failure to perform or of unsatisfactory performance in accordance with the terms or conditions of one or more contracts; provided, that failure to perform or unsatisfactory performance caused by acts beyond the control of the contractor shall not be considered to be bases for debarment; or
7
Any other cause the CPO determines to be sufficiently serious and compelling to affect responsibility as a District government contractor, including debarment by another governmental entity for any cause listed in rules.
d
(1) After reasonable notice to a person and reasonable opportunity to be heard, the CPO may debar the person from consideration for award of any contract or subcontract if the CPO receives written notification from the Chairman of the Council or the chairperson of a Council committee that the person has willfully failed to cooperate in a Council or Council committee investigation conducted pursuant to § 1-204.13.
2
The debarment shall be for a period of 5 years, unless the CPO receives written notification during the 5-year period from the Chairman of the Council or the chairperson of a Council committee that the debarred business has cooperated in the investigation referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
3
For purpose of this subsection, the term "willfully failed to cooperate" means:
A
Intentionally failed to attend and give testimony at a public hearing convened in accordance with the Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council; and
B
Intentionally failed to provide documents, books, papers, or other information upon request of the Council or a Council committee.
e
The CPO shall issue a written decision to debar or suspend a person. The decision shall:
1
State the relevant facts and the reasons for the action taken;
2
Describe the present responsibility of the person;
3
Describe whether the debarment is in the best interests of the District; and
4
Inform the debarred or suspended person of the right to judicial or administrative review as provided in this chapter.
f
A copy of the decision pursuant to subsection (e) of this section shall be final and conclusive unless fraudulent or unless the debarred or suspended person appeals to the Contract Appeals Board within 60 days of receipt of the CPO's decision by the person.
g
The filing of an action pursuant to subsection (f) of this section shall not stay the CPO's decision.
h
(1) Unless otherwise indicated in the debarment or suspension decision, the debarment or suspension of a person shall be effective for all District government agencies.
2
Unless otherwise indicated in the debarment or suspension decision, the debarment or suspension of a person shall constitute a debarment or suspension of any affiliate of that person.
i
If a person is charged with or convicted of committing any offense listed in subsection (c)(1) through (5) of this section, the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia or the United States Attorney, whoever is responsible for prosecuting the charge, shall immediately notify the CPO of the charge or conviction and shall provide such information to the CPO as may otherwise be permitted by law to enable the CPO to take any action authorized by this section. The CPO, in turn, shall immediately notify both the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and the United States Attorney of any action taken or finding made under this section.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 2001 Ed., § 2-308.04. Legislative History of Laws For history of Law 18-371, see notes under § 2-351.01. DC CODE § 2-359.07 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Apr. 8, 2011, D.C. Law 18-371, § 907, 58 DCR 1185.)