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Debarment and Suspension
Pursuant to Section 409.19(B) of the Cuyahoga County (“County”) Code (“County Code”) all contractors doing business with the County are required to register with the County Agency of Inspector General (“AIG”). Chapter 505 of the County Code (“Debarment Law”) establishes a procedure for the AIG to debar or suspend contractors who meet certain criteria related to poor business practices or unethical behavior. Contractors who are debarred or suspended may not submit bids, proposals, statements of qualifications or any other offers to contract with the County, and may not enter into any contract or agreement with the County during the duration of the debarment or suspension period.
In light of the new Debarment Law, the AIG shall not approve the registration of any contractor who has been debarred or suspended pursuant to the Debarment Law. Accordingly, the AIG will conduct a thorough background review of every contractor applying for registration with the AIG to determine if they would be subject to debarment or suspension under the Debarment Law.
The AIG will work to process contractor registration forms as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, if the AIG determines that a contractor could be eligibile for debarment or suspension, the process will be extended to allow for further investigation by the AIG.
To assist the AIG with the efficiency of the process, contractors and County employees need to ensure that each registration form is completed in its entirety. If a contractor registration form is not completed, the registration process can be delayed.