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David Robbins quoted in Devex: USAID lifts IRD’s suspension, says change is on the way

June 24, 2015

David Robbins, chairman of the firm’s Government Contracts & Grants practice, and former acting Suspending and Debarring Official, was quoted on end to high profile USAID suspension in the recent Devex article, “USAID lifts IRD’s suspension, says change is on the way.”


USAID’s decision to move the SDO came two full years after the National Defense Authorization Act came into effect and only days after IRD filed a lawsuit against the agency. David Robbins, another former debarment official and Government Contracts Department Chair at Shulman Rogers LLC told Devex he feels confident that IRD’s actions spurred the agency to change tack.

“I haven’t heard, in my experience, of an organization filing a suit and actually changing where the officer sits,” Robbins said, adding that change in an agency following a complaint or lawsuit from one of its contractors is “extremely rare.”

“How often do you have an agency say, ‘We weren’t doing a good job’? It’s dramatic,” Robbins told Devex. “And if they follow through on it, it’s also very refreshing.”

Read the full article at Devex.