Inventory Controls at the State Aluminum Structures Shop

Recently, the Contract Audit section issued an audit report evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls in place at the State Aluminum Structures Shop (SASS) in Oviedo, FL. The SASS is part of the Structures Operations division within the Office of Maintenance (OOM) and serves dual purposes for the department. The SASS’s primary purpose is to store, repair, and deploy temporary bridging for emergency and bridge construction detour operations. The SASS is a vital unit of the department, dedicated to providing maintenance, construction, and fabrication support during times of declared emergency, such as the recent Hurricane Irma, which affected much of … Continue reading Inventory Controls at the State Aluminum Structures Shop

Review of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

In February 2017, State Senator Jeff Brandes requested the Florida Department of Transportation (department), Office of Inspector General (OIG), review the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s (SFRTA) Procurement Policy and compare it to the State of Florida procurement requirements. This request was initiated when SFRTA awarded a contract (Agreement 16-010) in excess of $511 million to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. Senator Brandes also requested that the OIG determine if SFRTA followed its Procurement Policy in awarding Agreement 16-010 to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. In preparation for the 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP), SFRTA elected to bundle four contracts for services … Continue reading Review of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

US DOT News

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?