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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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False Claims and Failure to Comply With Requirements of Hanford Site Contract

Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), an AECOM joint venture, agreed to pay nearly $5.3 million to settle allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims to the Department of Energy (DOE) and also failed to comply with the internal audit requirements of a contract to perform environmental remediation at the Hanford Nuclear Site tanks farms. The government alleged that, upon being awarded the contract in October 2008, WRPS was advised of specific concerns about systemic timecard fraud being committed by the previous contractor, many of whose employees and procedures were retained by WRPS. WRPS allegedly made no actual changes to the timekeeping procedures for nearly five years and did not take steps, until after July 2013, to curtail the prior fraudulent practices. As a result, the government claimed that WRPS knowingly charged DOE for overtime for busy work or for work that was not actually performed and premium emergency call-in pay that was not authorized by the contract. The government also claimed that WRPS charged the government for auditing work that was not performed. WRPS allegedly installed as the head of the contractually required internal audit department its own general counsel, who had no auditing experience and failed to provide any meaningful oversight.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Justice
Contracting Party
Energy
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
1/23/2017
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
AECOM Technology Corporation $5,275,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 1/23/2017

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database