Citing FIU bridge collapse, feds propose 10-year debarment for FIGG

Kennith Bogan

Dive Brief:

  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has suspended FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. from collaborating in any federally funded projects and has proposed a ten-year debarment period for the firm, according to U.S. Division of Transportation correspondence. The company’s suspension went into effect July 14.
  • The letter from USDOT Acting Inspector General Howard R. “Skip” Elliott to lawmakers said the FHWA was using the action versus FIGG “to safeguard the general public interest.” He said the agency’s decision was primarily based on FIGG’s conduct similar to the Florida Global College (FIU) bridge collapse in Miami in March 2018.
  • FIGG has 30 days to contest the FHWA’s action, at which issue it will be ready to argue versus debarment. If FIGG does not contest the action, then a Suspending and Debarring Official (SDO) will make a decision about debarment primarily based on offered details.

Dive Insight:

The FHWA prohibitions on contracting

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