APPENDIX B - DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION CERTIFICATION
INSTRUCTIONS ON CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION
- By electronically signing and submitting this proposal, the prospective
primary participant is providing the certification set out below.
- The inability of a person to provide the certification required below will not necessarily
result in denial of participation in this covered transaction. The prospective participant
shall submit an explanation of why it cannot provide the certification set out below. The
certification or explanation will be considered in connection with the department or agency's
determination whether to enter into this transaction. However, failure of the prospective
primary participant to furnish a certification or an explanation shall disqualify such person
from participation in this transaction.
- The certification in this clause is any material representation of fact upon which
reliance was placed when the department or agency determined to enter into this transaction.
If it is later determined that the prospective primary participant knowingly rendered an
erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to the Federal Government,
the department or agency may terminate this transaction for cause or default.
- The prospective primary participant shall provide immediate written notice to the
department or agency to whom this proposal is submitted if at any time the prospective primary
participant learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous
by reason of changed circumstances.
- The terms covered transaction, debarred, suspended, ineligible, lower tier covered
transaction, participant, person, primary covered transaction, principal, proposal, and
voluntarily excluded, as used in this clause, have the meanings set out in the Definitions and
Coverage sections of the rules implementing Executive Order 12549. You may contact the
department or agency to which this proposal is being submitted for assistance in obtaining a
copy of those regulations.
- The prospective primary participant agrees by submitting this proposal that, should the
proposed covered transaction be entered into, it shall not knowingly enter into any lower tier
covered transaction with a person who is debarred, suspended, declared ineligible, or
voluntarily excluded from participation in this covered transaction, unless authorized by the
department or agency entering into this transaction.
- The prospective primary participant further agrees by submitting this proposal that it
will include the clause titled "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility
and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transaction", provided by the department or
agency entering into this covered transaction, without modification, in all lower tier covered
- A participant in a covered transaction may rely upon a certification of a prospective
participant in a lower tier covered transaction that it is not debarred, suspended, ineligible,
or voluntarily excluded from the covered transaction, unless it knows that the certification
is erroneous. A participant may decide the method and frequency by which it determines the
eligibility of its principals. Each participant may, but is not required to, check the
- Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system
of records in order to render in good faith the certification required by this clause. The
knowledge and information of a participant is not required to exceed that which is normally
possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.
- Except for transactions authorized under paragraph 6 of these instructions, if a
participant in a covered transaction knowingly enters into a lower tier covered transaction
with a person who is suspended, debarred, ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from
participation in this transaction, in addition to other remedies available to the Federal
Government, the department or agency may terminate this transaction for cause or default.
(1) The prospective primary participant certifies to the best of its knowledge and belief,
that it and its principals: (a) Are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment,
declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from a covered transaction by any Federal
department or agency; (b) Have not within a three-year period preceding this proposal been
convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for commission of fraud or a
criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public
(Federal, State or local) transaction or contract under a public transaction; violation of
Federal or State antitrust statutes or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery,
falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen
property; (c) Are not presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a
governmental entity (Federal, State or local) with commission of any of the offenses
enumerated in paragraph (1)(b) of this certification; and (d) Have not within a three-year
period preceding this application/proposal had one or more public transactions (Federal, State
or local) terminated for cause or default.
(2) Where the prospective primary participant is unable to certify to any of the
statements in this certification, such prospective participant shall include an explanation
with this proposal.