Vendors Not Allowed to Bid (Debarment)
A business or individual vendor that commits an ethical breach or illegal action can be barred from bidding on or entering into a contract with the state for up to three years. The legal term for this is debarment. Debarment helps ensure a vibrant, open, and competitive procurement marketplace for bidders and the state of Washington. This applies to both public works and goods and services.
Current contractor debarments
Public works debarments: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries maintains a list of contractors not allowed to bid on public works projects.
Goods and services debarments: No debarments are in effect at this time.
Overview of the debarment process
The section contains a simple overview of the debarment process. For detailed information about the process, please review WAC 200-305-010.
Anyone can submit a debarment referral form (Word 4MB) to us. View an example referral and instructions (Word 4MB).
- Your referral needs to include:
- The name of the person or business you are referring for debarment.
- The facts supporting the referral.
- The facts supporting the reason for the referral.
- Your contact information.
- Send us the completed form one of two ways:
- Email it to Debarment@des.wa.gov
- Print and mail it to:
Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-1466
- We will confirm we have received your referral.
- We will conduct an initial assessment.
- If the facts presented support further investigation, we will investigate and notify the referring party of the results.
- We will then issue a debarment recommendation.
- The recommendation may be appealed
This RCW provides DES the authority to fine or debar.
WAC Chapter 200-305
Codifies executive branch agency regulations. Chapter 200-305 covers debarment.