June 23, 2017
FHWA Suspends Florida Contractor
On June 23, 2017, FHWA suspended and proposed the debarment of David E. Stalowy and his company, Central Florida Environmental Corporation (CFE), Winter Springs, Florida, based on Stalowy’s April 25, 2017, civil settlement agreement with the United States.
In 2012, DOT-OIG received allegations that Stalowy had falsely certified that CFE made timely payments to subcontractors on the North Winter Park Drive Phase 2 project. This was a local agency project awarded by the city of Casselberry, Florida, and included road resurfacing and construction of a new roadway through a neighborhood. Casselberry received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding for the project from FHWA, via the Florida Department of Transportation.
On April 24, 2017, Stalowy agreed to an $112,500 civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando, Florida, to settle allegations that he had violated the False Claims Act. The settlement agreement was a compromise of disputed claims and was neither an admission of civil liability by Stalowy nor a concession by the United States that its claims were not well founded.
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.