On September 30, 2016, the FAR Council adopted as final, without changes, an interim rule that prohibits the federal government from entering into a contract with any corporation with delinquent federal tax liability or a felony conviction. The FAR Council published the interim rule, which implements requirements of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015, on December 4, 2015. The final rule does not differ from the interim rule. An exception to this prohibition requires that the agency consider suspension or debarment of the corporation and make a determination that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the federal government’s interests. The rule also prohibits contract awards in excess of $5 million unless the putative awardee certifies that it (1) filed all required tax returns in the previous three years, (2) has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the Internal Revenue Code and (3) has not been notified of any unpaid federal tax assessment in the previous 90 days. The final rule became effective on September 30, 2016. (81 Fed. Reg. 67,728, 09/30/16)