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Posted by on Jun 21, 2010

Agencies Ordered to Check ‘Do Not Pay’ Lists Before Making Awards

In an effort to stem payments to ineligible individuals and entities, President Obama has ordered federal agencies to check nearly half a dozen existing databases before making any financial assistance award – including grants.

In a June 18 presidential memo, Obama said that in the preaward phase, agencies must consult, where appropriate, the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, the General Services Administration’s Excluded Parties List System, the Department of the Treasury’s Debt Check Database, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Credit Alert System or Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities.

OMB will issue guidance on exactly how agencies can meet the new preaward requirements and on the impact the eligibility check will have on funding decisions.

The memo also directs OMB to coordinate these databases, a so-called “Do Not Pay List,” with the new Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) so that agencies can access them through a single entry point. (FAPIIS was mandated by the 2009 Defense Authorization Act and will include information about contractors and grantees (and subcontractors and subgrantees) that receive more than $10 million in federal assistance. Those recipients will have to provide information about any criminal convictions, civil penalties, or administrative actions against them. Self-reporting of that information would be included as a term and condition in grant awards.)

To view the presidential memo, click here.

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