On August 3, 2016, State issued a final rule amending the Department of State Acquisition Regulation to simplify certain procedural aspects of the suspension and debarment process. In addition to simplifying the fact-finding process by allowing a single fact-finding official to be used in lieu of a fact-finding panel, the rule also eliminates specific entitlements and deadlines not required by the FAR. The rule became effective on September 2, 2016. (81 Fed. Reg. 51,125, 8/3/16)