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Project on Government Oversight




The Big Dig Strikes Again

August 6, 2009 


This week, six former managers of Aggregate Industries N.E., Inc.’s concrete division, the largest asphalt and concrete supply company in New England, were convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Boston of conspiracy to defraud the government.

The Big Dig was an example of poor planning, management, and oversight by the federal government. In essence, the feds handed over a money bag to Massachusetts to improve its highways.

Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself with the billions of dollars heading out the door in contract awards that are intended to stimulate the economy. No one can calculate the actual waste, fraud, and abuse linked to the Big Dig project, but let’s hope that federal and state agencies are doing a better job protecting taxpayers, preventing contractors from cutting corners, and thinking safety first.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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