United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Dec 16, 2019
Subject to subsection (b), the Secretary of Agriculture shall permanently debar an individual, organization, corporation, or other entity convicted of a felony for knowingly defrauding the United States in connection with any program administered by the Department of Agriculture from any subsequent participation in Department of Agriculture programs.
The Secretary may reduce a debarment under subsection (a) to a period of not less than 10 years if the Secretary considers it appropriate.
A debarment under subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to participation in domestic food assistance programs (as defined by the Secretary).