June 2, 2017
FHWA Debars Former Sales Manager of Highway Steel Manufacturer
On June 2, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) debarred Gavin Conerly from doing business with the Government based on a DOT-OIG investigation. Conerly was the sales and purchasing manager of Favor Steel and Fabricating (Favor Steel), a manufacturer and supplier of steel products located in Birmingham, Alabama.
The investigation established that Conerly submitted false test certifications to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on a $12 million project funded by FHWA. Favor Steel provided several steel casings for a bridge construction project in Van Buren County, Arkansas. Conerly did not conduct the required testing of the steel and then created false test reports when he was asked for the results. Testing of the steel after delivery disclosed that it did not meet FHWA requirements.
FHWA debarred Conerly for a period of 3 years—from October 1, 2015, the date of his initial suspension, to October 1, 2018.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.