Rumor Has It
Forget burden of proof. A new proposal says allegations alone should prevent businesses from receiving federal contracts.
Federal procurement officials may soon be able to prevent companies from receiving federal contracts simply because of whispers that a company has broken labor, occupational-safety or other federal laws. The three big federal procurement agencies (the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and NASA)--who together control the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)--proposed that change in July.
Currently, FAR says a federal procurement officer can keep a company from receiving a contract only if the company has an unsatisfactory record of compliance with laws and regulations.