The FAR Council published a final rule on September 30 that, effective immediately, adopts an interim rule that requires any corporation responding to a federal solicitation to represent whether it has (1) any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed and is not being appealed or paid in a timely manner or (2) a felony conviction under any federal law within the preceding 24 months. As further explained here, any affirmative disclosure would create an automatic bar against contract award, unless the agency’s suspension and debarment official has considered the matter and determined that further action is not necessary to protect the government’s interests.