Joe Petrillo, Petrillo & Powell

New statistics suggest agencies are taking a tougher stance with errant contractors. The Government Accountability Office charts a doubling of suspensions and debarments at six agencies in a single year. The numbers are even more dramatic when you look at the past five fiscal years. From 2009 to 2013, suspensions and debarments rose from 19 to 271. GAO says the agencies have addressed staffing issues, made it easier to report fraud or misconduct related to grants, and centralized their processes. In this week’s legal loop segment, Tom and Emily spoke with procurement attorney Joe Petrillo. He explained the rise in numbers on the Federal Drive.