Anti-Deficiency Reform and Enforcement Act (H.R. 6891)

“Federal employees that violate the Anti-Deficiency Act are subject to two types of sanctions: administrative and punitive discipline, including suspensions without pay or removal from office,” he said. “Additionally, there are fines and imprisonment, but there have been almost no instances of prosecutions of individuals in violation of the act, and no consequences to the agency judged to be deficient.”

The bill also expands agencies’ requirement to report violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act to include whether they were done “knowingly” or as a result of “a failure to exercise reasonable care in carrying out duties.” It requires the Government Accountability Office to offer legal opinions about potential violations of the law when requested by Congress, and requires agency inspectors general to perform regular audits for undisclosed violations.

This could have a large impact on Federal contracting professionals.