OverviewThe Defense Procurement Fraud Debarment (DPFD) Clearinghouse was established in 1993 and has been assigned to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. This provision required the U.S. Attorney General to establish a single point of contact for contractors or subcontractors of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to promptly confirm whether potential employees have been convicted of fraud or any other felony arising out of a contract with the Department of Defense. The clearinghouse serves as this point of contact and is the repository for all DPFD-related records.LegislationThe DPFD Clearinghouse was established by Section 815, Subsection 10, of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year (FY) 1993 [Public Law 102-484, United States Code, Section 2408 (c)].Clearinghouse Data SubmissionsDefense-related fraud and felony cases are tried in federal court and prosecuted by a U.S. Attorney. U.S. Attorneys' Offices submit copies of sentencing orders for all individuals convicted of defense-related fraud or felony in their districts to the Defense Procurement Fraud Debarment Clearinghouse on a quarterly basis. BJA maintains a list of people who have been disqualified from contracting with DoD based on these sentencing orders.Clearinghouse ServicesThe Clearinghouse responds to inquiries from federal agencies, DoD contractors, and first-tier subcontractors as required to determine employment or contract eligibility. The clearinghouse also forwards pertinent information to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where the information is coded to identify the specific category of federal exclusion which is included in the GSA publication Lists of Parties Excluded From Federal Procurement or Non-procurement Programs, more commonly known as the Debarment List or EPLS. The exclusion is categorized according to the specific cause (i.e., the statute violated and the treatment or exclusion).DPFD Clearinghouse staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. e.t. at (301) 937-1542.
Information for DoD ContractorsDoD contractors and subcontractors should verify that potential employees have not been debarred and are not on the current System for Award Management (SAM). Individuals who have been convicted of fraud or any other felony arising out of a contract with DoD are prohibited from contracting with or being employed by any DoD contractor, as stipulated under the National Defense Authorization Act of 1989 (Public Law 100-456).
Electronic access to the debarment list is available by visiting the System for Award Management (SAM) website.
See the Defense Procurement Fraud Program Guide.DefinitionsIn applying the provisions of the law, DoD interprets its terms as follows:
Information for DoD ContractorsPenalty to Contractors and SubcontractorsA defense contractor or subcontractor who knowingly employs a person under prohibition or allows such a person to participate in activities covered under the Debarment section is subject to a criminal penalty of up to $500,000.Searching the EPLS DatabaseThe EPLS database has a variable search engine, allowing contractors to narrow the search by using the CT Codes for DPFD Cases. Those codes are FF or QQ.
Information for IndividualsDebarmentAny individual convicted after September 29, 1988, of fraud or any other felony arising out of a contract with DoD (as these terms are defined by DoD, pursuant to Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) Part 217.500, Subpart 203.570-2) shall be prohibited from the following activities:
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