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Blog 31 USMC 20150725 AFD-140718-027 Je'Ron Shelton Rochon SUSPENDED FROM CONTRACTING

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Je'ron Shelton Rochon was suspended by the Department of Air Force from contracting and from receiving any benefits of Federal assistance programs due to one count of conspiracy to bribe public officials. It was established that he lacked business integrity and honesty by awarding contracts and providing bid coaching in exchange of payments and gifts, which is so serious or compelling in affecting is responsibility as a government contractor.
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  • 1. THE CEIHHUPT U. S. AIR FEIHEE CH EATIHE U. S. "I. ||'ETEH. AI'II I'. 'J'| |.| 'u| 'I'I. | ED SM. fl|. LL BUSINESSES -CH E. I1.'| 'II'IE SE F'. "I. I"| -CE DISABLE '| |FI: _|'EHAI'-. | 'DW'I'-. |ED SMALL BUSINESSES EHEATING L| .S. SMALL BLISIHESSES AFD-1-'5IlJ?1B-D2? le'I-‘ten Shelten Hechen SUSPENDED FHDM CUHTHACFIHE Tran. -is AFB Je'n: :n Shelton Hnchnn Sum mew: Je'r'n: rn Shelton Ftn: n:|1n: rn1.r. -as suspended I: r1,r the Department an‘ Air Force frern cuntractini: and frnrn recenrlngan-. ,r beneflts n: -f Federal assistance preira rns clue 1:4: ene cuunt ef cunspiracyr 1:4: bfibe public officials-
  • 2. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE ARLINGTON, VA 22202-3258 Office of the Deputy General Counsel NOV 2 6 2013 MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THE SUSPENSION OF: JERON SHELTON ROCHON Effective this date, the Department of the Air Force has suspended J eron Shelton Rochon (Mr. Rochon) from govemment contracting and from directly or indirectly receiving the benefits of Federal assistance programs. The action is initiated pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 9.4. INFORMATION IN THE RECORD There is adequate evidence in the record establishing that: 1. Mr. Rochon was a U. S. Air Force contracting officer in Afghanistan. 2. On October 22, 2013, Mr. Rochon was indicted in Texas on one count of Conspiracy to Bribe Public Officials, ‘l 8 U. S.C. § 371. 3. Specifically, from approximately September 2007 to approximately February 2008, Mr. Rochon awarded contracts and provided bid coaching in exchange for cash payments and gifts. 4. In furtherance of this scheme, Mr. Rochon and the involved individuals set up an e-mail account. Using this account, each party created drafts the other individuals could read and delete to minimize electronic records of communications. 5. Mr. Rochon reasonably may be expected to conduct business with the Government as agents or representatives of a contractor. ' BASES FOR THE SUSPENSION 1. There is adequate evidence in the administrative record establishing that Mr. Rochon committed offenses indicating a lack of business integrity or business honesty that seriously and directly affects his present responsibility to be a Government contractor or subcontractor. The evidence provides a separate and independent basis for his suspension pursuant to FAR 9.407- 2(a)(9). 2. There is adequate evidence in the administrative record establishing that the conduct of Mr. Rochon is of so serious or compelling a nature that it affects his present responsibility to be a Government contractor or subcontractor and provides a separate and independent basis for his suspension pursuant to FAR 9.407-2(c). Freedom Through Air Power
  • 3. 3. The indictment filed against Mr. Rochon is adequate evidence that he committed crimes so as to affect his present responsibility to be a Government contractor or subcontractor, thereby providing a separate independent basis for his suspension pursuant to FAR 9.407-2(b). FINDINGS Each of the independent causes specified above directly affects the present responsibility of Mr. Rochon to be a Government contractor or subcontractor, or participant in federal assistance programs, and reflects negatively upon the propriety of doing business with him. Based on the administrative record before me, I find that protection of the Government’s business interests requires the immediate suspension of Mr. Rochon pending completion of the criminal investigation and any ensuing legal proceedings. DECISION Pursuant to the authority granted by FAR Subpart 9.4, the Defense FAR Subpart 209.4, and 2 C. F.R. Section 1125, and based upon the evidence contained in the administrative record and the findings therein Mr. Rochon is hereby suspended this day. The suspension is temporary pending completion of the criminal investigation and any ensuing legal proceedings. (Contractor Responsibility)
  • 4. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE ARLINGTON, VA 22202-3258 " 51'“ ~ 2 Office of the Deputy General Counsel VIA FEDEX SAF/ GCR N 1235 S. Clark Street UV 2 6 2013 Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22202 Mr. Jeron Shelton Rochon L Re: Notice of Suspension Mr. Rochon: You are hereby notified that the Air Force has suspended you, Mr. J eron Shelton Rochon from federal Government contracting and from directly or indirectly receiving the benefits of federal assistance programs. The suspension is initiated pursuant to the authority and the procedures of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 9.4. Copies of FAR 9.4, Defense FAR Supplement 209.4 and Appendix H, and 2 C. F.R. Part 1125 are provided on our website at http: //www. safgc. hq. afimi1/organizations/ gcr/ index. asp. 2 C. F.R. Part 1125 is the Defense Depa1tment’s implementation of the Nonprocurement Common Rule referenced in FAR 9.401. If you do not have access to the Internet and wish to receive a hardcopy of the aforementioned regulations, please submit a written request to my counsel as designated below. The suspension is based upon the information in the attached Memorandum In Support of the Suspension (Encl. 1). The suspension is effective this date and has the following consequences during the period of suspension: 1. Your name will be published in the System for Award Management, available at: https: //www. sam. gov/ , a publication of the General Services Administration that contains the names of contractors debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible by any agency of the Federal Government. Suspension is effective throughout the executive branch of the Federal Government and applies to procurement and nonprocurement programs. 2. Offers will not be solicited from, contracts will not be awarded to, existing contracts will not be renewed or otherwise extended for, and subcontracts requiring Government approval will not be approved for you by any agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government, unless the head of the agency taking the contracting action or a designee states in writing the compelling reason for continued business dealings between you and the agency. Freedom Through Air Power
  • 5. 3. You may not conduct business with the Federal Government as an agent or representative of other contractors, nor may you act as an individual surety for other contractors. 4. No Government contractor may award to you a subcontract equal to or in excess of $30,000 unless there is a compelling reason to do so and the contractor first notifies the contracting officer and further complies with the provisions of FAR 9.405-2(b). 5. No agency in the executive branch shall enter into, renew, or extend primary or lower—ticr covered transactions in which you are either a participant or principal, unless the head of the agency grants an exception in writing. (Covered transactions are defined at 2 C. F.R. Section 1 125.30.) 6. You may not act as an agent or representative of other participants in federal assistance programs. 7. Your affiliation with or relationship with any organization doing business with the Government or receiving the benefits of federal assistance will be carefully examined to determine the impact of those ties on the responsibility of that organization to be a Govermnent contractor or to receive federal assistance. Within 30 calendar days of the date of this notice, you may submit, either in person or in writing, or both, information and argument in opposition to the suspension. To encourage you, voluntarily, to furnish useful and reliable information and to be candid with our office, you may mark any portion of your submission, including attachments, with an appropriate legend identifying information you customarily withhold from release to the public. In the event our office receives a Freedom of Information Act (F OIA) request concerning your submission, we will afford you an opportunity to opine on the releasability of the marked materials. If you provide a written response, an original and one hardcopy must be submitted and an electronic copy is appreciated. You are encouraged to Bates number your submission, including attachments thereto. If you designate a representative to respond on your behalf, please notify my counsel, in writing, of the identity of the representative. The designation should specifically state the names and addresses of all individuals or companies the designee has the authority to represent in this matter. Your submission, if any, should include any specific information that may raise a genuine dispute over facts material to’ the suspension. If it is found that the information or argument submitted raises a genuine dispute over material facts, fact-finding may be conducted to determine the disputed facts. Facts set forth in an indictment, a criminal information, or other charging document, however, are not subject to dispute in this proceeding. This suspension has been initiated on the basis of the administrative record. A copy of the record will be furnished upon request. Any written information submitted by you will be added to the administrative record.
  • 6. Any communications regarding this matter should be directed to my counsel: Anthony Scalice, SAF/ GCR, 1235 S. Clark Street, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22202, 703-604-1471, and anthony. sca1ice@pentagon. a£mi1. Sincerely, (Contractor Responsibility) Encl. 1
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