CT lawmakers set to pass reforms to troubled school construction program

State lawmakers are poised to enact a number of reforms to Connecticut’s school construction office as a federal investigation continues into the multibillion-dollar grant program. The reforms tighten the bidding procedures for school construction contracts and set stricter deadlines for completing audits of school building projects. One of the biggest changes requested by the state agency involves so-called construction management companies, which often oversee the budgets, schedules and bidding processes for school construction projects in the state. “Prohibiting self-performance helps ensure consistency between state and municipal projects, promotes competitive bidding along with opportunity and competition in the trades industry and creates a more level playing field between construction managers and subcontractors,” said Lora Rae Anderson, a spokeswoman for DAS.


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