Tuesday, May 7, 2019 01:47 PM
By: Theodore Bunker

A construction company based in Arizona is suing the Department of Defense over the “highly flawed solicitation and award” process used by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Examiner reports.

Fisher Industries CEO Tommy Fisher told the Examiner that for the past two years, the Army Corps has blocked pre-qualified companies like his from bidding on jobs. Fisher’s company has filed two complaints with the DoD over contracts awarded to other companies. In a formal suing document filed in April, Fisher went on to accuse the Army Corps of withholding standard proposal requests to keep companies from making bids that would be lower-priced and more quickly completed.

Fisher told the Examiner that his lawsuit will hopefully draw attention to the government’s bidding process.

“I’m an American, then a builder,” he said. “If you can’t handle it, why not let someone else do it? We’ll give you the bond. We’ll give you the five-year warranty.”

President Donald Trump singled Fisher out as a potential builder for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in late April.

“Yes, we are dealing with them actually. It's Fisher — comes from North Dakota, recommended strongly by a great new senator, as you know, Kevin Cramer. And they are real. But they have been bidding and so far they haven't been meeting the bids. I thought they would,” Trump said.

Fisher said that Trump is “still being told mistruths by the Corps. The truth is we weren’t allowed to bid on several of the jobs and the one that we were they said to raise our price.”