April 2010 Archives

Federal Public Works Contractors Will Now Be Vetted Through A Central "Responsibility" Database, and Must Meet New Self-Reporting Requirements

As of April 22, 2010 new rules require contracting officers to investigate bidders for "responsibility" using a central government database, entitled the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System ("FAPIIS"). All contractors awarded Federal public works projects must be deemed "responsible" in addition to being the low responsive bidder. "Responsibility" determinations have previously been made using an ad hoc list of sources, including licensing information, lists of excluded contractors, and information requested by the contracting officer. Now the FAPIIS must also be consulted.

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