The muck continues to fly in a months-long fight between two firms competing to oversee $1.6 billion in federally mandated repairs to Miami-Dade County’s dilapidated sewers.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration has already negotiated a still-undisclosed agreement with AECOM Technical Services. But Gimenez has yet to make a formal recommendation to county commissioners, who must ultimately award the contract, pending the completion of reviews by the mayor’s staff and by the Miami-Dade inspector general.
The additional scrutiny follows a slew of complaints by CH2M Hill, the second-ranked bidder, which has alleged AECOM misrepresented its qualifications to a selection committee. AECOM says the accusations are rubbish.
A federal judge must still sign the mandate, known as a consent decree, requiring Miami-Dade to upgrade its deteriorated pipes. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno suggested tweaks to the mandate last month.