From the NY Times:
Government agencies in the New York region, wary about potential fraud and abuse in the $787 billion federal stimulus program, have said they are taking extraordinary measures to ensure that contracts for projects ranging from subway tunnels to summer jobs programs do not go to companies with questionable histories.
But despite such efforts, records show that one federal agency has awarded $6 million in stimulus funds to a huge international construction management company that has been the focus of two criminal investigations in the last two years and was suspended in June from bidding on and performing work at New York City schools.
The company, Bovis Lend Lease LMB, avoided manslaughter charges late last year in the deaths of two firefighters at the former Deutsche Bank building in 2007, admitting failures and agreeing to safety reforms in an agreement with prosecutors.
The company’s legal troubles have continued this year with a separate investigation by the F.B.I., federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which also investigated the Deutsche Bank fire. It centers on accusations of overbilling, bribery of union officials and other alleged improprieties on several large New York projects, including the new Mets baseball stadium, Citi Field, and the Sept. 11 memorial.
Several stimulus-financed federal contracts were awarded to Bovis by the federal General Services Administration, the government’s building management agency, from May through August, according to federal procurement records. The four contracts involve the supervision of construction projects, including two, according to an agency news release, that are part of $62 million set aside to pay for renovations at two federal buildings in Downtown Brooklyn. Those buildings are the old Federal District Courthouse and the United States Post Office, across Tillary Street, the latter of which houses the federal prosecutors now overseeing the inquiry into Bovis.