Purpose: To set forth the grounds for debarment and encourage procurement agencies to provide relevant information to the Office of the Attorney General.
Background: State suspension and debarment procedures are intended to protect the integrity of the procurement process and ensure that the State contracts with qualified and responsible participants (COMAR 21.08.01.01). The Office of the Attorney General, Antitrust Division, initiates the formal proceedings by filing a complaint. The Board of Public Works determines whether suspension or debarment is appropriate and the time period of the debarment. Depending on the basis for debarment, the Board may debar a person or business from doing business with the State or with a public body which includes local government entities (COMAR 21.08.01 and .03).
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