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Massive government spending is expected to flow from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in November 2021. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill directs $110 billion to roads and bridges, $66 billion to railroads, and $39 billion to transit. Also, $25 billion will go towards airports, $17 billion to ports and waterways, $11 billion to safety measures, $7.5 billion to electric vehicle chargers, and $7.5 billion to electric buses. Contractors, suppliers, subcontractors, and consultants will be entrusted to safeguard taxpayer dollars as funds are disbursed to rebuild our transportation infrastructure. Inevitably, fraudsters will siphon off billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse.

 

As these infrastructure projects get underway, whistleblowers should be on the lookout for:

  • Bid rigging 

  • Kickbacks 

  • Disadvantaged Business fraud 

  • Davis-Bacon (prevailing wage) violations  

  • Conflicts of interest 

  • Materials overcharging

  • Time overcharging 

  • Product substitutions 

  • Bribery  

  • Other fraud schemes that result in losses to federal programs.