State auditor dings Port of CW on federal work

first_imgA state audit of the Port of Camas-Washougal found that the port failed to meet federal requirements for procuring two contractors.The port also failed to inform its contractors that they are responsible for checking the suspension and debarment status of their subcontractors. All of the subcontractors used for the federal grant project in 2017 held the proper qualifications, but the auditors made a note of the lack of communication.Because the contractors were hired to work on a project funded by federal money, the port needed to adhere to a slightly different process.The report, released Thursday by Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy, said that “Under federal law, architectural and engineering services may be procured following a competitive proposal method. Under this method, proposals must be advertised and the advertisement must identify all evaluation factors and their relative importance. The contract must be awarded to the most qualified firm.“Instead of soliciting contractor proposals via public advertisement as required, the port selected contractors for further evaluation from a roster of pre-qualified firms it had on hand.”Kim Noah, the port’s director of finance, said these lapses were minor, and largely a result of the port dealing with its first-ever federal grant — $2.875 million awarded in 2016 to erect an industrial building dubbed Building 18.last_img read more