On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued ten amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Nine were final rules, and one was an interim rule. Many of the final rules are the final version of interim rules.
For many government contractors, their biggest fear may be being debarred from seeking government contracts. One common cause of debarment is a contractor’s failure to abide by the myriads of government rules and regulations involved in government contracting. But the government realizes that every contractor may make an occasional mistake or employ a bad-apple employee. So rather than always resorting to debarment, seeking reimbursement, or criminal prosecution, the government may assess a civil penalty.
More than $750,000—that’s what a federal government contractor was going to have to pay until a federal appeals court reduced the amount to $14,748.