September 9, 2020
Federal Transit Administration Debars Former New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Program Manager and Engineering Firm
On September 9, 2020, the Federal Transit Administration debarred Paresh Patel and Satkirti Consulting Engineering LLC ("Satkirti") from participating in Federal procurement and nonprocurement programs for a period of 3 years. The debarments are based on Patel's March 11, 2020, conviction in which he pled guilty to obstruction of justice.
Patel worked at the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and was responsible for oversight of capital projects, including Superstorm Sandy–related projects funded by DOT. He and another former MTA employee created Satkirti, placing the company in their children’s names to subvert MTA’s conflict-of-interest rules. When New York City Transit Authority, which is part of MTA, issued a request for proposals for construction management services on a Superstorm Sandy–related project, Patel and his colleague put Satkirti forward as a subcontractor with a contract valued at approximately $1.02 million. Patel took steps to conceal his interests in Satkirti from MTA.
DOT-OIG and MTA-OIG conducted this investigation.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and GSA’s System for Award Management should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.