Related Links: Text of Okland-Justice Dept. settlement agreement Justice Dept. press release In a civil settlement with the Dept. of Justice, Okland Construction Co. Inc. has agreed to pay the federal government $928,000 to resolve false-claims allegations related to the Small Business Administration’s small disadvantaged business (SDB) program, the department said.In announcing the settlement on March 21, DOJ said Salt Lake City-based Okland entered a mentor-protégé agreement with Saiz Construction Co. Inc., a West Valley City, Utah-based firm that participated in SBA’s 8(a) SDB program.In the settlement agreement, Justice alleged that Okland and Saiz did not form an SBA-approved joint
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.