Public Records Research: Sources, Search Tips and Legal Basics

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EPLS - Excluded Parties List System
EPLS - Excluded Parties List System
Introduction
This World Wide Web site is provided as a public service by General Services Administration (GSA) for the purpose of efficiently and conveniently disseminating information on parties that are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits, pursuant to the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 6101, note, E.O. 12549, E.O. 12689, 48 CFR 9.404, and each agency's codification of the Common Rule for Nonprocurement suspension and debarment.

Security Notice
This system and related software and equipment are intended solely for the communication, transmission, processing, and storage of U.S. Government information. For site security purposes and to ensure that this Web site remains available to all users, GSA monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the site. While this Web site does not automatically collect personal information about those who access it, it does collect summary information, which is used for statistical purposes to assess information interest, determine technical design specifications, and to identify system performance or problem areas. Also, permanent "cookies" may be used to store information on your computer. Therefore, users have no expectation of privacy while using this system or any material on this system. Anyone using this Web site expressly consents to such monitoring.

Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, or to defeat or circumvent security features are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution. If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

Privacy Notice
The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) includes information regarding entities debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, excluded or disqualified under the nonprocurement common rule, or otherwise declared ineligible from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits. This information may include names, addresses, DUNS numbers, Social Security Numbers, Employer Identification Numbers or other Taxpayer Identification Numbers, if available and deemed appropriate and permissible to publish by the agency taking the action. Please be aware that although GSA operates this system, individual agencies are responsible for the timely reporting, maintenance, and accuracy of their data.

Since every attempt is made to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations, any concerns regarding information contained on the EPLS, should be addressed to the acting-agency, in accordance with the information provided via link on the Web site under the "CT Action" field.

Pursuant to applicable authorities, a Privacy Impact Assessment has been conducted for this system and Privacy Act System of Records GSA/Govt-8 applies. All entities listed in the EPLS have been notified of this publication and have been given the opportunity to be heard. The information available on the public EPLS has been deemed publicly accessible, and therefore, does not require User ID and/or Password protection. The EPLS does not display SSNs or an excluded individual's residential information to public users. Users employing the "Name and SSN/TIN" search or users who verify a residential address after a "Name" search will not receive stored protected data if a match is found. Alternatively, EPLS will identify only whether or not matching results were found based on the name and SSN/TIN or residential address data entered by the user.

Disclaimer for EPLS Information
As all information provided through this site is public, it may be distributed or copied. While GSA believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, the Government does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither GSA, nor any of the Federal sources of the information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or for the use of, or the results obtained from the use of, this information.
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