Maloney-McCaskill law creating Federal contractor database takes effect Thursday

Apr 20, 2010
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, today hailed implementation of her law to create a single database with all relevant information about Federal contractors in one location to be used by government purchasing managers. “Up until now there’s been little to stop an unscrupulous contractor from bouncing from one federal agency to another, scamming taxpayers at each stop,” said Rep. Maloney. “This new repository places all contractor information in one place, and requires federal procurement officers to use the information in certifying a vendor. And it gives government watchdogs-- federal suspension and debarment officials-- the centralized information they need to crack down on fraudulent contractors.”

“This is about transparency and making sure the government has the tools and systems in place to ensure that past performance is taken into account when agencies are awarding contracts,” said McCaskill. “If we’re going to get the best bang for our buck, we need to make sure the people who are awarding contracts have access to all the information they need to make smart decisions. Because we didn’t have a centralized place for the information, bad actors were being awarded new contracts despite countless dollars lost to waste, fraud and abuse.”

As President Obama explained in St. Charles, MO last month, “…We’ll be able to see, before any new contract is awarded, whether a company plays by the rules, how well they’ve performed in the past: Did they finish the job on time? Did the company provide good value? Did the company blow their budget? It’s your money, so you deserve to know how it’s spent and who these contracts are going to.”

Officials finalized implementation of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) in March and are scheduled to open the system for use April 22, 2010. It requires contractors to confirm any criminal, civil or administrative proceeding in which they were found at fault and update their profile on the service every six months throughout the duration of a contract.

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Background.
Provisions inserted in S. 3001, the “Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009” by Sen. McCaskill are based upon Maloney’s H.R. 3033, the “Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act.” The provisions will fortify the current federal suspension and debarment system by establishing a comprehensive, centralized database that will keep track of the integrity and performance of certain persons awarded federal contracts and grants, more efficiently monitor the federal procurement system, and help protect U.S. taxpayer dollars. Any person awarded a federal agency contract or grant in excess of $500,000 would be included in the database including information related to any civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings involving the person. [Public Law 110-417, signed October 14, 2008]