Bid-Rigging: An Inside Story

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


William Carter, engineer and ASCE member, spent five months in prison in 1980 on conviction of conspiracy under U.S. antitrust laws in a case involving a Tennessee highway project for which his construction firm offered an illegal bid. Carter is one of more than 150 contractors who served prison sentences as the result of a 1979 investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice of bid-rigging in public highway contract awards. In 1982 Carter's case came before ASCE's Committee on Professional Conduct. He was suspended for one year, then sought and was granted reinstatement in 1983 on the grounds that he had cooperated with the Committee by agreeing to talk about his experience as an example to others. A transcription is presented of a November 1984 roundtable discussion with Carter and two attorneys; Richard Braun, formerly of the Department of Justice, who prosecuted Carter, and Walter McFarlane of the Attorney General's Office of the State of Virginia. ASCE was represented by George Barnes, Past Chairman of the Committee on Professional Conduct, Lawrence Whipple, ASCE staff liaison to the Committee at that time, and Virginia Fairweather, Editor of Civil Engineering magazine.

Subject Headings: Professional societies | Infrastructure construction | Professional practice | Laws | Highway engineering | Project management | Construction companies | Bids | United States | Virginia | Tennessee

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