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Miami-Dade should disqualify AECOM

By Darryl Holsendolph, | 3/27/2014, 9 a.m.

Last week, the Miami Times reported on the controversy surrounding the procurement of program managers for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s system rehabilitation and repair program. The Miami-Dade Inspector General is investigating whether AECOM, one of the proposers, misled the County about its experience. AECOM employees are also under investigation for ethics violations concerning the county’s lobbyist registration provisions.

I took a look at one of the allegations against AECOM.

According to documents presented to Miami-Dade County, AECOM told the County in four different stages of the procurement that David Haywood, AECOM’s proposed project manager, successfully managed the Indianapolis Consent Decree program. Documents from the City of Indianapolis reveal that there was no Consent Decree program when Mr. Haywood was working with the city.

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Documents I have seen reveal that Haywood listed his personal experience as having led the Indianapolis Consent Decree program as program manager. A review of the recording of the Tier 2 selection committee presentation shows that AECOM represented six different times that Haywood managed the $2.2 billion Consent Decree program.

In the next stage of the procurement before the Mayoral Advisory Committee, AECOM continued to state that Haywood was the program manager for Indianapolis. In fact, a review of the AECOM Mayoral Advisory committee presentation reveals that AECOM repeatedly stated that Haywood managed the Indianapolis Consent Decree program. In their written presentation to the Mayoral Advisory Committee, they stated: Over his 23 year career, he [Haywood] has managed multiple wastewater consent decree programs with a value in excess of $10 billion for cities such as Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Akron, OH.

A letter from AECOM attorneys to Mayor Carlos Gimenez states that Haywood’s relationship with Indianapolis ended in December 2004. However, copies of the Consent Decree show that the Consent Decree is dated September 6, 2006, almost two years after Haywood’s relationship with Indianapolis ended. A March 11 letter from CH2M Hill’s attorney, Al Dotson to the County states that “…It is chronologically impossible for Haywood to have managed the Indianapolis Consent Decree because it did not exist in 2004.”

Dotson added, “AECOM and Mr. Haywood completely falsified his qualifications. They claimed that Mr. Haywood managed a Consent Decree program that didn’t exist. The United States Environmental Protection Agency sued the City of Indianapolis in 2006 and the Consent Decree was entered to settle that lawsuit. It’s a very simple question: How could Haywood have managed a program that started in 2006 when he left Indianapolis in 2004? It’s like saying you coached the Miami Heat in 1985 before they even became an NBA franchise. This is taxpayer money. You can’t just make up your qualifications to win a contract.”

CH2M Hill is asking the County to disqualify AECOM from further consideration because of alleged misstatements and inaccuracies concerning its qualifications.

Darryl Holsendolph, Holsens Inc. and the NAACP