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Unmaking a List It'll take more than "credible evidence" to keep you out of government contracting.

By Stephen Barlas

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Despite some expected political spade work from congressionalDemocrats, the so-called "blacklisting" rules canceled bythe Bush administration at the end of December are expected to staydead and buried.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation, imposed by President Clintonin December 2000, allowed federal contracting officers to block acompany from obtaining a federal contract based on "anycredible evidence" the business had broken any laws."This rule gave government agents blanket discretion toblacklist federal contractors based on subjective and arbitrarynotions of satisfactory compliance with any federal, state or evenforeign law," says Randel Johnson, vice president for laborand employee benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Johnsoncontends that the rule, had the Bush administration allowed it togo into effect, would have hit small businesses especiallyhard.

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