The fourth standard simply states that prospective contractors must have a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics. Generally, the contracting officer will rely on information readily available in its files and Government databases and the various certification requirements that prospective contractors must sign. FAR 52.213-3 requires a number of certifications regarding integrity matters that prospective contractors must complete for every contract over the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $150 thousand).
These certifications include representations that the contractor and its principals
- Are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any Federal agency.
- Have not, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a Federal, state or local government contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction or records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal tax laws or receiving stolen property.
- Are not presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a Government entity with, commission of any of these offenses enumerated above.
- Have not, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been notified of any delinquent Federal taxes in an amount that exceeds $3 thousand for which the liability remains unsatisfied.