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NCJ Number: 63310 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SETTLEMENT OF CONTRACTOR CLAIMS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A FEDERAL BUILDING IN HAWAII (FROM GSA (GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION) CONTRACT FRAUD INVESTIGATION - HEARINGS BEFORE THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ..., 1978 - SEE NCJ-63307)
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on Governmental Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 54
Sponsoring Agency: US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S OFFICE REVIEWED THE $5.3 MILLION SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS BY THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) IN CONNECTION WITH A FEDERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTED IN HONOLULU.
Abstract: IN 1972 GSA AWARDED A CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A U.S. COURTHOUSE AND FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING TO A SAN FRANCISCO CONTRACTOR. SHORTLY AFTER CONSTRUCTION BEGAN, PROBLEMS OCCURRED BECAUSE OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF WATER FLOWING THROUGH THE SITE. FOLLOWING BITTER DISPUTES WITH GSA, THE CONTRACTOR FILED CLAIMS FOR ADDED DELAYS AND COSTS ARISING FROM THE WATER PROBLEMS AND REQUESTED AN EXTENSION OF THE COMPLETION DATE. ADDITIONAL CLAIMS WERE FILED LATER, AND GSA FINALLY AGREED TO SETTLE IN 1976. THE SETTLEMENT AMOUNT, TOGETHER WITH LITIGATION EXPENSES AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION COSTS, ADDED OVER $9 MILLION TO THE PROJECT COSTS AND DELAYED COMPLETION BY ABOUT 19 MONTHS. THE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE EXAMINED THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, CONTRACTS, DEPOSITIONS, TRIAL TRANSCRIPTS, AND REPORTS RELATING TO THE CONTRACTOR'S CLAIMS. THIS DATA WAS SUPPLEMENTED BY INTERVIEWS WITH GSA PERSONNEL WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PROJECT'S ADMINISTRATION AND THE LITIGATION. THE GAO REVIEW CONCLUDED THAT THE DECISION TO SETTLE RESULTED IN PART FROM GSA'S ACTIONS AND OMISSIONS DURING THE PROJECT'S DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. IN THE DESIGN PHASE, GSA IGNORED RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ADDITIONAL SOIL TESTS BE CONDUCTED. AFTER CLAIMS WERE FILED, GSA MADE SEVERAL CONCESSIONS TO THE CONTRACTOR THAT DAMAGED ITS CLAIMS DEFENSE, INCLUDING GRANTING A DELAY AND HIRING AN INDEPENDENT EXPERT WHOSE REPORT CRITICIZED GSA ACTIONS. THE TIME DEVOTED TO ATTEMPTING TO SETTLE THE CONTRACTOR'S INITIAL CLAIMS AND PREVENT THE REPORT'S RELEASE DELAYED PREPARATION OF AN ADEQUATE DEFENSE. BY THE TIME OF THE TRIAL, GSA COULD NOT ORGANIZE SUFFICIENT LEGAL, FINANCIAL, AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR A STRONG DEFENSE AND OPTED TO SETTLE. THE APPENDIXES CONTAIN A LETTER TO GAO FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTRACTOR'S CLAIMS, GSA'S ESTIMATE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S LIABILITY IF CLAIMS HAD BEEN LITIGATED, SCHEDULE OF CHANGE ORDERS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OVER $20,000, AND PRINCIPAL GSA OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR ACTIVITIES DISCUSSED IN THE REPORT. (MJM)
Index Term(s): California; Diversion programs; General Services Administration (GSA); Government contracting; Lawsuits; Trade practices; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Note: REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES
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