Washington Post Examines Increase In Number Of USAID Contract Suspensions

“The U.S. Agency for International Development, as it cracks down on vendor impropriety, has more than doubled the number of companies and nonprofit groups it has suspended or debarred from receiving new contracts,” the Washington Post reports in an article focusing on the agency’s suspension of government grants in March to the Washington-based nonprofit Academy for Educational Development (AED).

“The development agency has halted new contracting and grants with 39 entities this year, more than twice the 18 suspended or debarred last year, records show,” the newspaper writes, noting that the “rise in actions follows an October 2009 audit by the USAID inspector general’s office that found the agency’s process for suspending and debarring contractors contained flaws and constraints” and “recommended the agency take more such actions as a matter of policy” (Jamriskoan/Murphy, 7/3).