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FHWA Suspends Wisconsin Company and Owner On August 31, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended and proposed to debar National Structural Bearings Corporation (NSBC), and its owner, Raymond Dandan for a period of 36 months. On June 27, 2017, NSBC and Dandan, agreed to a $196,991 civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina. The agreement settled allegations that NSBC made false claims to the United States. Since April 2009, NSBC had manufactured elastomeric bearing pads, which are shock absorbers for bridges. It subsequently sold them to contractors performing work on North Carolina Department of Transportation … Continue reading US DOT News

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Iowa Construction Company VP Pleaded Guilty to False Statements in Connection with a Federal Highway Project On July 27, 2017, Jenna Wilson, former vice president of K&L Construction, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was charged by information in U.S. District Court, Sioux City, Iowa, with making false statements about a highway project. On August 7, 2017, she pleaded guilty. The investigation was based on a joint referral from the Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IA-DOT) relating to a construction contract on a $16 million FHWA-funded reconstruction of the I-29 Sioux Interchange Project, on … Continue reading US DOT News

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Painting Company Owner Sentenced in Payroll Scheme on a $43M Bridge Painting Contract in Philadelphia On July 18, 2017, Maria Savakis, of Merritt Island, Florida, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to 2 years of probation and $2,600 in fines. Previously, on April 18, 2017, Savakis pleaded guilty to theft from a healthcare program related to a $61,689 payroll scheme involving construction work performed on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-funded George C. Platt Memorial Bridge Project in Philadelphia. Savakis was charged by information in March 2017. In April 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) awarded Joint Venture … Continue reading US DOT News

Why are construction contract modification audits performed and how do they add value?

The OIG Contract Audit Section performs construction contract modification audits for many reasons. The overriding reason is to help support the mission of the OIG, which is to promote integrity, accountability and process improvement in the FDOT by providing objective … Continue reading Why are construction contract modification audits performed and how do they add value?