In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, New York City implemented a program to provide basic repairs to restore heat, hot water and electricity to victims of the storm, at no cost to the homeowners. In November 2012, Conti of New York, LLC (Conti) was contracted (contract sum not to exceed $70 million) by the City of New York to provide repairs to residential properties located in Staten Island. Guidepost Solutions was a member of the Integrity Monitor team overseeing Conti’s work and reporting to the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI). This work included on-site integrity monitoring; process analysis; program, contract and records compliance; and liaison with City agencies. On a daily basis, we observed site construction activities and gathered field intelligence and data. This included conducting headcounts, identifying subcontractors and workers, tracking installations and identifying issues relating to integrity, scope, quality, safety and code. We discussed project issues daily with the contractor, the construction manager, City officials and DOI personnel. In addition, for integrity purposes, we reviewed key project documents such as field tickets, foreman and construction manager daily field reports, pay quantity tracking sheets, work orders and sign-in sheets. A major focus of the assignment was labor law compliance, particularly with regard to the number of hours worked and the rates being paid to the workers.
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