Can firms be debarred or suspended from Commission purchases?
Yes. Causes for debarment include certain convictions for offenses related to business actions, serious violations of contract provisions, violation of the Commission’s ethical standards for procurement, violation of the Commission’s Anti-Discrimination Program or debarment by another governmental entity for causes listed above. Debarment may be for a period of up to three years. The Commission has debarment review and appeal procedures in place. The Commission will provide reasonable notice to the firm or individual involved and reasonable opportunity for the firm or individual to be heard. For more information please call 301-454-1609.

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1. What is the Commission’s overall purchasing policy?
2. What types of Items does the Commission purchase?
3. How do I learn about specific Commission procurements?
4. Who does the purchasing for the Commission?
5. Who should I market to?
6. How do I request clarification on bids?
7. Are bid or contract security bonds required?
8. Can I withdraw or modify my bid after submission?
9. What happens if my bid is late?
10. How are purchasing decisions made?
11. Will I be notified about the bid award if I am not selected for award?
12. Do I have a right to protest an award of a purchase?
13. How do I get paid?
14. How do I get paid if I am a subcontractor?
15. Can firms be debarred or suspended from Commission purchases?
16. What should I do if I have more questions?