February 27, 2017
Project Management Oversight Entity Agrees To Pay $1.5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Violations
On February 27, 2017, CH2M Hill, Inc. (CH2M) reached a civil settlement with the United States and has agreed to pay $1,500,000 to resolve civil claims concerning its alleged improper billing of Amtrak. The case arose when discrepancies were discovered during an audit of CH2M’s billing practices.
CH2M and its joint-venture partner performed Project Management Oversight (PMO) on several Amtrak projects in the eastern United States. In that role, CH2M entered into a contractual relationship with the United States, which contends that CH2M improperly billed Amtrak under the PMO contract between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014. The claims settled by this settlement agreement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with the Amtrak-OIG.