Unfortunate Consequences: Penalties for Violations of Vendor Preference Programs in State Contracting

Ohio Contractors Association

In his article for the Ohio Contractors Association, Tom explores the consequences of violating vendor preference programs in Ohio's state contracting. He details penalties like termination, suspension, and debarment, enforced by agencies such as ODOT and DOD/DAS. Tom emphasizes the Ohio Inspector General's role in investigations and the potential for criminal prosecution. He underscores the lasting impact of debarment and criminal penalties, stressing the need for due diligence when engaging certified/disadvantaged companies. Tom provides resources for compliance and urges vigilance to avoid legal and reputational repercussions.