Procedure # : 600.090
Date: 20 April 1999
Written By: Ralph Earhart
Director, Financial Services
Purpose: The civil rights requirements, taken as a whole, prohibit discrimination against persons based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Purpose: The laws and regulations ensure that the labor practices of recipients of federal funds are both equitable and safe for employees of the recipient organizations.
Purpose: The requirements for the handling and disposing of hazardous materials protect laborers and mechanics from unsafe exposure to such materials.
Debarment and Suspension
Purpose: The regulations protect public and private institutions from fraud, waste, and abuse by debarring or suspending those persons that deal in an irresponsible manner with the federal government. The enforcement actions are intended to protect the public interest, and are not used solely for the purposes of punishment.
Purpose: The drug-free requirements promote the national goal of reducing the use of illicit drugs by requiring federal recipients and contractors to certify that they maintain a drug-free workplace. The requirements for a smoke-free workplace were enacted to protect children from second-hand smoke in indoor facilities.
General Restrictions on Lobbying
Purpose: The laws and regulations are intended to eliminate the use of federal funds to influence specific legislation or administrative rules.
Purpose: The regulations require that procurement activities be performed in an equitable and competitive manner in an effort to promote equal treatment, efficiency, and economy in federal grant activities.
Conservation in Procurement
Purpose: The laws and implementing regulations ensure the conservation of selected resources by creating guidelines for their procurement.
Crimes and Prohibited Activities
Purpose: The laws and regulations preserve the integrity of the federal government and the public-at-large by holding federal contractors, recipients, and agency employees accountable for any criminal or prohibited activities they engage in under federal program.
Purpose: These provisions are meant to ensure that federal funds are expended to benefit American companies.
Utilization of Underserved Business and Surplus Labor
Purpose: The requirements help ensure the full participation of underserved businesses concerns, e.g., small/small disadvantaged and women-owned businesses, in the free enterprise system.