Robert Meunier (Bob) is the founder and former owner, President and CEO of Debarment Solutions Institute, LLC (2008-2018). Now, in semi-retired status, Bob provides ad-hoc process advisory services to DSI clients as and when needed. Bob provides objective, fair and informed interpretation of rules, regulations, agencies’ formal and informal policies and practices, based on his 32 years’ of federal service and 10 years’ private sector experience in the suspension and debarment arena.
During that career, Bob participated in almost every important activity leading to the development and implementation of a comprehensive government-wide federal suspension and debarment system. As Chair of the Office of Management and Budget's Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) for over 20 years, Bob coordinated the suspension and debarment activities of all federal Executive Branch departments and agencies, both civilian and military, for contracts, assistance, loans and other benefits. He authored, coordinated, reviewed and approved regulations; testified before Congress; coordinated and commented on legislative initiatives; participated in Senate and House oversight reviews; authored Executive orders, OMB guidelines and common rules; and led the effort to build an advisory team to develop best practices in the field of suspension and debarment law among federal agencies. Importantly, his position as Chairman enabled him to work with every debarment and suspension program in the federal government and to become familiar not only the official statutory and regulatory aspects of those programs, but also with the many informal, unpublished and individual practices of the various agencies that guide the decisions of federal suspending and debarring officials.
His achievements include creations of the National Suspension and Debarment Training Program for federal agents, auditors and prosecutors at the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He also taught suspension and debarment in the basic and advanced Procurement Fraud Investigations and Grant Fraud Investigations Training Programs at the Inspector General Academy. As lead instructor for the courses, he trained Federal agents and other government officials in the proper use of suspension and debarment sanctions including the complex issues related to, and options for handling, suspension and debarment matters in the context of the parallel proceedings.
Bob’s lecture experience includes many guest speaking engagements for the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association; the Inspector General Academy; the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School; the George Washington University Graduate Law Degree in Federal Procurement Law Program; and specialized training programs developed for the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center; the Department of Interior, the National Science Foundation, the Agency for International Development, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce and the Director of National Intelligence.
Early in his federal career, Bob served as an attorney in the EPA Office of Enforcement, Mobile Source Enforcement Division, investigating and presenting cases to the Department of Justice to enforce the anti-tampering provisions of the Clean Air Act. He also participated in on-site reviews of oil refineries’ transition away from lead-based fuel additives during the nation's lead phase-down initiative. He later moved to the EPA Office of Administration and Resources Management where he authored the agency’s first debarment rules for grants and assistance programs. He served five years as the debarment hearing official, seven years as the Director of the Suspension and Debarment Division, and 13 years as the EPA Suspending and Debarring Official for contracts, subcontracts, assistance loans and benefits, and for statutory facility debarments for environmental crimes under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. He also participated in the Department of Justice’s National Procurement Fraud Task Force.
Bob is a contributing author to the ABA’s Practitioner's Guide to Suspension and Debarment, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions. He is a co-author of the 1988 Government-wide Common Rule for Non-Procurement Suspension and Debarment; primary author of the 2003 revised common rule. Bob is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, and past co-chair of the Suspension and Debarment Committee. Bob received his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy and the University of Rhode Island, and his law degree from George Mason University. He is a long time resident of Arlington Virginia.