Your tax dollars:
As a follow-up to my post yesterday on USA Spending.gov, here is another government website you can check if you are concerned about someone you know getting a federal grant (contracts too, I think) and you know they have been convicted of a crime.
It is called debarment in government lingo when someone is disallowed or forbidden to receive government funding.
This is the site, it’s called the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Yes, what a name, not one you would think to google!
So, if you know someone getting federal grants and they have been convicted of a crime, check this list. If they are not on it, then write to the agency and to the agency’s Inspector General that is awarding the grant and tell them that so-and-so has reasons to be debarred. There are other reasons besides a criminal conviction, but I don’t know what they are. I didn’t research that.
This is filed in our category ‘where to find information.’