October 9, 2018
FTA Suspends Maryland Company and Its Vice President
On October 9, 2018, FTA suspended Potomac Construction Company Inc. (PCCI) and its vice president, Hardutt Singh. The suspension followed Singh’s September 4, 2018, indictment in the Circuit Court, Prince George’s County, Maryland, on one count of attempted bribery.
In recent years, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded more than $260 million in contracts to PCCI, which frequently fails to meet the participation rates required by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contracts. In 2013, WMATA awarded contract #FQ9194 (Yard One) to PCCI, which reached a 17.7-percent DBE participation rate, well short of the required 27-percent participation rate required for Yard One. The indictment alleges that Singh tried to bribe and influence the WMATA official who managed the DBE department.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI and WMATA-OIG.
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 or individual is currently excluded.