Border wall contract to be audited

A McAllen K-9 police officer walks past rebar that will make up the border wall before DHS Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf tours and speaks to the local media at the border wall under construction on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, south of Donna, Texas./The Monitor via AP)

The Pentagon's inspector general says the border wall construction contract with Dickinson's Fisher Sand and Gravel company will be audited.

The company was awarded a contract earlier this month to build 31 miles of wall in Arizona.

House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson asked for a review of the contract last week.

Thompson cited concerns that the proposals did not meet requirements.

Fisher industries says it welcomes any audit, maintaining that it won the bid with the lowest-priced technically acceptable offer.

A PR specialist with Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., released this statement to Your News Leader:

Fisher is committed to full cooperation with any inquiry or audit. Fisher was one of 3 bidders on the Army Corps contract and Fisher was chosen for award based on the merits of its proposal as the Lowest Priced, Technically Acceptable offeror. Fisher is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Army Corps of Engineers on this important project, to build 31 miles of border fence near Yuma, Arizona. We are excited to show our high quality work and this project gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the caliber of work our team has delivered to our customers for six decades, while helping to secure our southern border.