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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information sources that could be used to implement the Dorgan Amendment, which prohibits defense-related employment of individuals convicted of defense procurement-related crimes, focusing on: (1) whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated and collaborated in investigating and prosecuting individuals convicted of defense procurement-related felonies; (2) a comparison between the DOD and General Services Administration (GSA) lists of debarred individuals; and (3) a comparison between the GSA debarment list and a list of individuals convicted of defense procurement-related felonies.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense 1. The Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense should generate and publish a monthly list of all individuals convicted of defense procurement-related felonies and make this list available to federal agencies and contractors involved in federal procurement programs and activities.
Closed - Not Implemented
DOD will not implement this recommendation either because, it argues, it is a contractor's responsibility not to hire felons to work on defense contracts. DOD believes that the contractors' normal prehire review practices will prevent the hiring of felons to work on defense contracts.
Department of Justice 2. The Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense should generate and publish a monthly list of all individuals convicted of defense procurement-related felonies and make this list available to federal agencies and contractors involved in federal procurement programs and activities.
Closed - Not Implemented
DOJ does not intend to implement the recommendation because, it argues, there is no evidence that the recommended recordkeeping program would actually improve compliance with the Dorgan Amendment by defense contractors.

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