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Provisions that would govern contracting are contentious points in a defense authorization bill the Senate is debating today.
Bush administration officials objected to the Senate’s fiscal 2009 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3001), partly because of provisions that would restrict the relationship between contractors and the Defense Department.
The administration also opposes language in the Senate’s defense bill that would create a new database for information on improper conduct and questionable behavior by contractors.
The database, which is based on a bill by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), would require DOD to post information on fines, defaults on contracts, and suspensions and debarments. The database would be available to federal officials.