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‘Serious Felony’ Is Defined for Federal Guard Awards

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of Homeland Security has established guidelines for prohibiting awards of Federal Protective Service contracts for guard services when the principal has been convicted of a "serious felony," according to a new regulation.

Serious felonies are those that involve dishonesty, deliberate violence, lack of integrity, or an inability to run a business, according to the regulation. Examples include unfair trade practices, attempted tax evasion, illegal drug or weapons trafficking, and immigration violations.

The rule allows for exceptions, however. Business concerns may submit an application that shows that the person or entity with the felony no longer owns, controls or operates the company.

Applications also may be submitted that explain why a conviction is not a "serious felony" as it is defined in the rule, or why "commission of the serious felony no longer calls into question the individual or business concern's integrity or business ethics."

The burden of proof is on the applicant.

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