Architect-Engineer Selection Process by the Corps of Engineers on the Red Run Drain-Lower Clinton River Flood Control Project

LCD-80-39: Published: Mar 7, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1980.

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A review was made of the process the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit district, used to select an architect-engineer firm for the Red Run Drain-Lower Clinton River, Phase II Flood Control Project in Michigan. Of specific concern was whether the Corps acted legally in selecting an out-of-state firm.

Since the Project was publicly announced, selection criteria were published, and discussions were held with at least three firms before price negotiations began, GAO did not believe that selection of an out-of-state firm rendered the contract illegal. However, the Corps' announcement could have been more informative and specific regarding the evaluation criteria that were to be used in selection. Furthermore, the Detroit district did not comply with regulations regarding full documentation of the selection actions taken by the preselection and selection boards.

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