"Plantronics, a California company that manufactures telephone headsets, may soon be barred from doing business with the federal government — less than one year after a judge imposed $3 million in “punitive” sanctions on the company for discovery violations.
Earlier this week, the U.S. General Services Administration, which helps manages federal government agencies, proposed “debarment” for Plantronics and its senior vice president of sales Don Houston — the figure at the center of its discovery debacle in Delaware federal court — citing “a lack of business honesty,” which is one of several possible causes.
The listing used boilerplate language and stated the nature or cause of the debarment as:
“Preliminary ineligible based upon adequate evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity, or a lack of business integrity, or regulation, statute, executive order or other legal authority, pending completion of an investigation and/or legal proceedings; or based upon initiation of proceedings to determine final ineligibility based upon regulation, statute, executive order or other legal authority or a lack of business integrity or a preponderance of the evidence of any other cause of a serious and compelling nature that it affects present responsibility.”
The GSA does not share any other information on why it is seeking debarment, including whether the move is even connected to the discovery sanctions. Plantronics and Houston are already listed as “excluded” on a government website, pending finalization of the “debarment” process, which is designed to protect the federal government from “doing business with non-responsible contractors.”
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