A former resident engineer in Iraq for the Army Corps of Engineers was indicted on May 4 by the Justice Dept. on federal charges of soliciting $40,000 in bribes from an unidentified construction contractor on a $2.5-million civil-works project in Kirkuk. DOJ says Joselito “Joe” Domingo of Bolingbrook, Ill., who the Corps recently transferred to Afghanistan, solicited the bribes in exchange for assurances that the contractor would receive progress payments, not lose its contract or be blacklisted from work in Iraq. Domingo faces up to 15 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.