One agency is facing questions about why it went with the more expensive contractor for a road project. A court says the Federal Highway Administration let political influence get in the way.
“This was a construction contract let by the Federal Highway Administration for a road project in the Virgin Islands,” said Joe Petrillo, a procurement expert with Petrillo and Powell. “It was a continuation of a road project that had already begun.”
Virgin Island Paving Co. was the low bidder on the project.
Petrillo told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that FHA had originally chosen that company for the contract but later changed its mind. Virgin Island Paving then decided to protest the decision and filed a lawsuit.