FAPIIS Rules Open New Front In Procurement Battles
May 18, 2011 — Government Contracts Law360
Government Contracts Group chair Angela B. Styles talks with Government Contracts Law360 about the new public federal database on government contractors, Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), and what it means for contractors seeking government work. FAPIIS, which became public April 15, provides government contracting officers a single-source database for assessing contractors' level of integrity, past performance and responsibility. Many believe the database is a new potential battleground for procurement competition.
According to Styles, "In addition to a greater potential for bid protests, omissions in the self-reported data could expose a company to fraud suits under the False Claims Act, because new contracts will require certification that the company is in compliance with the FAPIIS reporting requirements."