PA Electrical Supplier Agrees to Pay Over $50,000 to Resolve Claims it Failed to Adhere to ‘Buy American’ Preference on 30th Street Station Renovation Project
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Wescott Electric Company (“Wescott”), of Aston, PA, has agreed to pay $54,983 and implement enhanced compliance measures to resolve claims arising from its use of Chinese-made parts during a fire alarm installation and renovation project at Amtrak’s William H. Gray 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA.
Companies contracting with Amtrak are responsible for complying with a federal regulation which establishes a preference for using American-made parts when fulfilling those contracts. The United States alleges that Wescott neither determined that its parts were American-made nor worked through Amtrak’s process for obtaining a waiver to this rule. The renovation at William H. Gray 30th Street Station was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Transportation.
“Amtrak and the Department of Transportation have established a preference to support American jobs by using American-made parts, and taxpayers have a right to know that policy is being honored,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “If contractors believe that doing so is impossible, they have a responsibility to raise the issue with contracting officers openly and to work with government authorities on a mutually agreeable resolution.”
“The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG), along with our prosecutorial and law enforcement partners, is committed to protecting the integrity of the Federal procurement process and ensuring that government contractors comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts,” said Brian Gallagher, DOT-OIG Acting Special Agent in Charge Northeastern Region.