Feds: CH2M Hill Wasted $2.1 Million in U.S. Recovery Act Funds

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A federal audit accuses CH2M Hill—a consulting, engineering and construction firm with offices across the globe, including Boise—with wasting $2.1 million in public funds.

This morning's Tri-City Herald reports that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general found that approximately $2.1 million in Recovery Act money was wasted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation for temporary offices and other buildings that weren't needed or were kept after they were obsolete.

According to the report, CH2M Hill was responsible for $1.635 billion of cleanup work at Hanford, doubling its work force. The report details how CH2M Hill bought 176 mobile facilities for its Hanford work, but seven facilities—costing $1.47 million—were never used by the time most of the Recovery Act work was completed. Additionally, three shower facilities were purchased and never used. In fact, they were never connected to power and water, according to the report.

The report concludes that that CH2M Hill should have used better planning and estimating practices for leasing and buying facilities during the Recovery Act.