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Common Site Hazards Don't Legitimize Govt. Emergency Procurement

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 04:03 pm

Common Site Hazards Don't Legitimize Govt. Emergency Procurement

A state supreme court declared the government improperly hired a replacement contractor on the basis of urgency -- not emergency.

Eagle Construction Company (Eagle) originally contracted with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) for project work on Ladson Road in Charleston County. After Eagle consistently fell behind schedule and had completed just 73 percent of the work by the completion date, DOT terminated the contract. It did so for convenience rather than default because placing Eagle in default would have required involving a bonding company to procure another contractor, which could have taken up to six months. Instead, with [...]

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