Miami-Dade County

Second Miami-Dade report says sewer-repairs bidder is ‘responsible’

An internal Miami-Dade County review has found that the top bidder for a major contract to manage $1.6 billion in sewer repairs, AECOM Technical Services, is a “responsible firm” that can be hired by the government.

The conclusion by the internal services department, which handles contracting, clears the last hurdle for Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration to make a contract recommendation to the county commission. An separate inspector general report released Monday dismissed all but one of the more than 15 allegations that AECOM’s competitor, CH2M Hill, had made against the firm.

CH2M says AECOM should be disqualified because of the single finding that one of AECOM’s proposed managers told a selection committee she helped negotiate a legal agreement with the state and federal governments when she really didn’t.

Tuesday’s internal services report says misrepresenting her experience “poses concerns.” But AECOM still has the financial capacity and technical and management expertise to serve as the county’s project and construction manager for the sewer improvements, according to the report.

The contract is estimated to cost Miami-Dade about $91 million over 15 years.

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