New Web Site Lists Debarred and Suspended Vendors

State and local governments looking to steer clear of contractors or vendors on other government blacklists can use the World Wide Web to access a database on "debarred and suspended vendors."

Launched by MLTS Inc., a Phoenix-based professional services firm, the subscription-based service lists companies that have defaulted on contracts or otherwise run afoul of state and local governments. The service costs $495 annually for a government agency.

"The reasons why a company may be debarred include things like embezzlement, forgery or falsification of documents. A big one that comes up a lot are breaches of contract," said Samuel Blacke, an MLTS marketing representative.

MLTS relies on its government members to swap lists of debarred vendors.Still in its infancy, customers include the city of Coppell, Texas. NewYork City's transit authority and comptroller's office and the city ofHouston have indicated an interest in getting access to the database,Blacke said.

In addition to subscriptions, the database is funded by advertisements from government agencies and trade associations. MLTS also sells subscriptions to vendors but only allows government officials to edit or update the database.

"Allowing vendors to subscribe encourages them to refrain from potentially subcontracting with a vendor having a history of debarment and suspension," said a notice on the site.

The Debarred and Suspended Vendors List site can be found at www.debarredlist.org.

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