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Jan 20, 2010


Scott Amey

We have seen a legislative fix in this area before (110th Cong. HR 752), but now the House Armed Services Committee is on the beat. It proposed H.R. 5013, the "Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010" (the "IMPROVE Acquisition Act). That bill includes a provision (Sec. 403) requiring contractors to disclose delinquent federal tax debts exceeding $3,000.

FAR Subpart 52.209-5 (Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters) already requires some reporting about tax issues, but the provision in HR 5013 goes much further, and it should prevent tax cheats from receiving new federal contract awards.

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