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The SUSPEND Act: Improving the Suspension and Debarment System?

On February 5, 2013, Rep. Issa introduced the Stop Unworthy Spending (SUSPEND) Act–a discussion draft bill that proposes to overhaul the federal suspension & debarment system.  The SUSPEND Act has triggered significant interest and debate within the procurement community. Indeed, last April, I co-authored a series with Lauren Youngman about the SUSPEND Act (see Part I, Part II, and Part III).  

On June 12, 2013, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing that discussed the effectiveness of the suspension & debarment system.  Rep. Issa indicated that revised suspension and debarment legislation will be introduced shortly.  

In light of the significant impact the SUSPEND Act may have on the suspension and debarment regime, on July 12, 2013, The George Washington University Law School Government Procurement Law Program & TechAmerica will host an event, titled: “The SUSPEND Act: Improving the Suspension and Debarment System?”

The event is open to the public and details and registration information are provided below.  


Jessica Tillipman is a Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog. 

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Friday, July 12, 2013
9–11 am | Tasher Great Room

George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Presented by the Government Procurement Law Program and TechAmerica.

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s draft SUSPEND Act is meant to improve the way the Federal Government handles suspension and debarment of federal contractors and grantees. Hear from distinguished speakers from the government, industry, and the private bar about their diverse perspectives on the draft legislation.

Registration and coffee at 8:30 am. To RSVP, contact Jessica P. Pierce at 202-994-7171 or [email protected].


  • Richard A. Beutel, House Oversight & Government Reform Committee
  • Eric Cho, House Oversight & Government Reform Committee


  • Mathew Blum, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget [invited]
  • Steven D. Gordon, Holland & Knight
  • Trey Hodgkins, TechAmerica
  • Steven A. Shaw, Covington & Burling, LLP
  • David M. Sims, Chair, Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee


  • Jessica Tillipman, The George Washington University Law School
  • Daniel I. Gordon, The George Washington University Law School

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