The General Services Administration (GSA) is a federal agency that provides centralized procurement for the federal government, offering billions of dollars worth of products, services, and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public. Since GSA was created by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, it’s original mission was to dispose of war surplus goods, manage and store government records, handle emergency preparedness, and stockpile strategic supplies for wartime through a bidding and selection process. Over the years, the General Services Administration has changed quite a bit to impact a variety of industries – healthcare being one example.
Today, GSA provides workspace to more than 1 million federal civilian workers, oversees the preservation of more than 480 historic buildings, and facilitates the federal government’s purchase of high-quality, low-cost goods and services from quality commercial vendors.
GSA and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
Since this federal agency (GSA) was responsible for bidding, selecting, and managing federal contracts, it also was responsible for maintaining a list of companies that were in good standing to continue doing business under a GSA contract, or whether to debar or sanction them.
What is the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)?
In the event the GSA debarred or sanctioned a company for fraud or breach of contract, they would end up on the GSA’s Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Once on the EPLS list, the federal government or any company that provided services and utilized a GSA excluded/sanctioned/debarred company cannot use the services of such a company.
EPLS Transition to SAM.gov
The EPLS was maintained and updated by the GSA until the list was moved to a new database service called the System for Award Management (SAM.gov). This new database (SAM.gov) combines several federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system.
SAM.gov includes the following federal agency records:
- Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
- Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
- Online Representations and Certifications Application
- Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
Smarter Provider Exclusion Monitoring
SAM.gov, OIG LEIE, State Medicaid Exclusion Lists
Best practice for finding exclusions is to search SAM.gov in addition to the OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE), and each available state Medicaid excluded or terminated providers list. This way, you get a complete picture and search all available federal datasets of excluded or sanctioned and debarred persons or companies.
Luckily, many of these checks from multiple sources can now be automated, saving you critical time and money while also reducing risk to keep you compliant. ProviderTrust offers healthcare exclusion monitoring solutions for a holistic approach to ongoing exclusion screening and provider license verification.
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Written by Michael Rosen, Esq.
Michael brings over 20 years of experience founding and leading risk mitigation businesses, receiving numerous accolades such as Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500 Award and Nashville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.