ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota officials say they routinely scan a federal database to make sure the state's vendors are in good standing and not on a list of companies barred from doing government work.
But Paul Stembler, the Minnesota Department of Administration official in charge of deciding who will perform state work, said a company's appearance on the list does not necessarily mean the company will be barred from doing state work.
"We can't just instantly say because someone in Hawaii didn't like the work you did ... that you're automatically suspended with us," Stembler said.
Although he could not cite any such cases, Stembler said the state would allow for an appeal, investigate the infraction and then decide whether to hire the firm.
In general, when federal money might be involved and a contract is worth more than $100,000, a company must provide proof that no federal bar is in place against it. That's a federal requirement, Stembler said.
The state checks the federal Web site of debarred contractors whenever it contracts even if the amount is less than $100,000 and no federal money is involved.
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