Register June 2002 No. 558
Chapter DWD 294
DEBARMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTORS
DWD 294.01   Applicability.
DWD 294.02   Definitions.
DWD 294.03   List and records of debarred contractors.
DWD 294.04   Treatment of listed contractors.
DWD 294.05   Debarment.
DWD 294.06   Notification to state agencies and local governmental units.
DWD 294.07   Distribution of consolidated list to the general public.
DWD 294.08   Disclosure of ownership of other construction business that failed to observe prevailing wage law.
Ch. DWD 294 Note Note: Chapter Ind 94 was renumbered chapter ILHR 294 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, April, 1996, No. 484. Chapter ILHR 294 was renumbered chapter DWD 294 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, September, 1997, No. 501.
DWD 294.01 DWD 294.01 Applicability.
DWD 294.01(1)(1) Scope of chapter. This chapter:
DWD 294.01(1)(a) (a) Prescribes certain policies and procedures governing the debarment of contractors from contracts involving any state agency or local governmental unit.
DWD 294.01(1)(b) (b) Sets forth the treatment to be accorded to debarred contractors.
DWD 294.01(1)(c) (c) Prescribes the procedures to be used to inform state agencies, local governmental units and the general public of the contractors that have been declared ineligible to perform work on public works projects.
DWD 294.01(2) (2)Policy.
DWD 294.01(2)(a)(a) Every state agency or local governmental unit shall solicit bids from, negotiate with, award contracts to, and approve or allow subcontracts with only responsible contractors. Debarment is an appropriate means to effectuate this policy.
DWD 294.01(2)(b) (b) Debarment is a serious action imposed only to protect the public interest.
DWD 294.01 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1987, No. 380, eff. 9-1-87; am. (1) (a), (c) and (2) (a), Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
DWD 294.02 DWD 294.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
DWD 294.02(1) (1) "Consolidated list" means a list compiled and maintained by the department which contains the names, addresses and other pertinent information as required by this chapter of all contractors that have been debarred under this chapter within a 3 year period from the date of publication.
DWD 294.02(2) (2) "Construction business" means:
DWD 294.02(2)(a) (a) Any business engaged in erecting, constructing, remodeling, repairing, demolishing, altering, painting or decorating buildings, structures, or facilities; and
DWD 294.02(2)(b) (b) Any business engaged in the delivery of mineral aggregate or the transporting of excavated material or spoil as provided by s. 66.0903 (4) or 103.49 (2m), Stats.
DWD 294.02(3) (3) "Contractor" means any individual or legal entity in a construction business involved on a public works project, including its responsible officers, directors, members, shareholders, or partners, irrespective of the name by which the group is designated, provided that any officer, director, member, shareholder, or partner is vested with the management of the affairs of the individual or legal entity.
DWD 294.02(4) (4) "Conviction" means a judgment or conviction of a criminal offense by any court of competent jurisdiction, whether entered upon a verdict or a plea and includes a conviction entered upon a nolo contendere plea.
DWD 294.02(5) (5) "Debarment" means action taken by the department under s. DWD 294.05 to exclude a contractor from performing work, either as a prime contractor or subcontractor, for any state agency or local governmental unit for a specified period. A contractor so excluded is"debarred."
DWD 294.02(6) (6) "Department" means the Wisconsin department of workforce development.
DWD 294.02(7) (7) "Designated representative" means a designee of the secretary who is authorized to conduct a debarment hearing and who may be authorized to issue debarment decisions pursuant to this chapter.
DWD 294.02(8) (8) "Judgment" means a judgment in a civil action by any court of competent jurisdiction.
DWD 294.02(9) (9) "Local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 66.0903 (1) (d), Stats.
DWD 294.02(10) (10) "Secretary" means the secretary of the Wisconsin department of workforce development or an authorized representative or designee.
DWD 294.02(11) (11) "State agency" has the meaning given in s. 103.49 (1) (f), Stats.
DWD 294.02 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1987, No. 380, eff. 9-1-87; correction in (5) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, April, 1996, No. 484; am. (2) and (5), r. and recr. (3), (9) and (11), Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00; correction in (2) (b) and (9) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 2000, No. 535.
DWD 294.03 DWD 294.03 List and records of debarred contractors.
DWD 294.03(1)(1) List.
DWD 294.03(1)(a)(a) The department shall compile and maintain a current consolidated list of all debarred contractors.
DWD 294.03(1)(b) (b) The department shall use the consolidated list to ensure that every state agency or local governmental unit does not solicit bids from, negotiate with, award contracts to, and approve or allow subcontracts with listed contractors, except as otherwise provided in s. DWD 294.05.
DWD 294.03(2) (2)Records. The department shall maintain records relating to each debarred contractor. Records shall contain the following:
DWD 294.03(2)(a) (a) Name and address of each debarred contractor.
DWD 294.03(2)(b) (b) Cause for each debarment and the date each cause occurred.
DWD 294.03(2)(c) (c) Any limitations on or deviations from the normal effect of debarment.
DWD 294.03(2)(d) (d) Effective and termination dates of the debarment.
DWD 294.03 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1987, No. 380, eff. 9-1-87; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, April, 1996, No. 484; am. (1) (b), Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
DWD 294.04 DWD 294.04 Treatment of listed contractors.
DWD 294.04(1)(1) Effect. No state agency or local governmental unit may knowingly solicit bids from, negotiate with or award contracts to, and approve or allow subcontracts with a debarred contractor, except as otherwise provided in s. DWD 294.05.
DWD 294.04(2) (2)Review. Prior to any of the procurement actions enumerated in sub. (1), with respect to a particular bidder, offeror or proposed subcontractor, every state agency or local governmental unit shall review the consolidated list. If a bidder, offeror or proposed subcontractor is listed, it may not be awarded a contract or allowed to participate as a subcontractor, except as otherwise provided in s. DWD 294.05.
DWD 294.04(3) (3)Inadvertently awarded contracts or subcontracts.
DWD 294.04(3)(a)(a) If the department learns that a debarred contractor is employed on a public works project, it shall require the state agency or local governmental unit to terminate the employment of the contractor, except as otherwise provided in s. DWD 294.05.
DWD 294.04(3)(b) (b) Contract termination decisions shall be made only after review by and in consultation with the state agency or local governmental unit purchasing personnel, department legal counsel and designated representative, and affected contractors to assure the propriety of the proposed contract termination.
DWD 294.04 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1987, No. 380, eff. 9-1-87; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, April, 1996, No. 484; am. Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00.
DWD 294.05 DWD 294.05 Debarment.
DWD 294.05(1)(1) General.
DWD 294.05(1)(a)(a) The department may, in the public interest, debar a contractor for any of the causes contained in sub. (2), using the procedures in sub. (3). The existence of a cause for debarment, as specified in sub. (2), shall not always require that a contractor be debarred. The seriousness of a contractor's acts or omissions, past compliance history, attitude and any other mitigating factors shall be considered in making any debarment decision.
DWD 294.05(1)(b) (b) Debarment of a contractor constitutes a debarment of all divisions or other organizational elements of the contractor that are engaged in construction business activities, unless the debarment is explicitly limited to specific divisions or organizational elements. The department shall determine whether a debarment shall apply to a contractor affiliated with a debarred contractor. A corporation is an affiliate of another corporation if substantially the same group of persons owns and manages the 2 corporations.
DWD 294.05(1)(c) (c) A contractor may not be debarred from performing work on a project that is being bid or negotiated if a written or oral offer to perform work for another contractor was received or accepted before the name of the contractor making the offer initially appeared on the consolidated list.
DWD 294.05(1)(d) (d) A contractor may not be debarred from completing any work on a project if the contract for the work was awarded to the contractor prior to the date that the name of the contractor initially appeared on the consolidated list.
DWD 294.05(2) (2)Causes for debarment. The department may debar a contractor for any one or more of the following causes:
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