U.S. Prison Agency Wasted $1.7M in Construction, IG Says

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The U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP), spent more than $1.7 million to construct an entry building at the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut that was no longer necessary, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General reports. The Justice Department watchdog said the spending was part of a $28 million contract to Sealaska Constructors LLC for construction at Danbury.

The inspector general said the misspending resulted from “weaknesses in… project planning.” It said the prison agency “had not anticipated significant problems with its plan to convert … Danbury’s existing federal prison camp to a facility with a higher security level.”

By the time BOP identified the problems and implemented an alternative plan, the money had been wasted, the inspector general said. “In our judgment, the unnecessary construction of the entry building, as well as the delay in adding the Programs Building could have been avoided or minimized with better BOP planning, coordination, and communication,” the report said.

The watchdog made eight recommendations for BOP to improve its contract administration.

This summary was prepared by Ted Gest, TCR Washington Bureau Chief

 

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