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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "INDOT officials seek new jobs with state contractors"

Ryan Sabalow and Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star report this afternoon in a story that begins:

Two top Indiana transportation officials — one of them at the center of an ethics probe over his family’s land deals on the I-69 project — are seeking jobs with contractors that do business with the state.

And at least one of those officials — Indiana Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff — played a key role in awarding contracts worth more than half a million dollars to the engineering firm for which he now wants to work.

Woodruff and Sam Sarvis, a deputy commissioner at INDOT, are seeking permission from the State Ethics Commission to work for companies that regularly bid on state highway work.

Woodruff is seeking a job as vice president of transportation for engineering firm RQAW, according to his ethics opinion request.

Since 2013, Woodruff has personally signed three contracts with RQAW worth up to $562,000, a Star review of state contracts found. In each of those cases, Woodruff also sat on the five-person Selection Review Committee that ranked the company’s proposal.

And in one of those cases — a $294,000 contract for roadwork on State Route 14 in the town of Parr — the selection committee awarded the job to RQAW even though the company’s bid did not receive the highest score from department staff.

Of related interest are two ILB post from 2013:

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 8, 2014 03:58 PM
Posted to Indiana Government