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Of course, Whitefish gets a substantial markup after that…

The New York Times (yes, really!) ran an amazing follow-up piece on the dodgy grifter contractor Whitefish Energy, those two scalawags from Montana who somehow managed to get a $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid following Hurricane Maria. It’s a lovely takedown of the flummery Whitefish and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) have peddled to justify the insane rates Whitefish charged for its services.

At the end of October, Puerto Rico’s government cancelled the contract after everyone pointed, laughed, and asked “What the hell IS that thing!?” Whitefish is still on the island, finishing up work on the sections of power lines it had started, and will be off Puerto Rico for good come November 30. But now they’re trying to explain exactly why they’re hiring linemen from Florida at normal contract rates but charging PREPA ridiculously high markups. Mostly, Whitefish seems to be operating on the same principle as people who charge triple the cost of a generator after a disaster — you want electricity, you’ll pay for it, suckers. And they insist it’s completely justified, because “overhead.” Let’s see how Whitefish and PREPA ‘splain away all that extra money!

  • The Top Dollar Dodge: Sure, Whitefish may be paying the workers it brought in from Florida fairly normal rates: $42 an hour plus overtime for regular linemen, $63 an hour for senior linemen, and that goes up to $100 an hour for linemen working double time — depending on whether they’re independent contractors, union members, etc. Somehow, once Whitefish bills PREPA, those workers are worth $319 an hour. But don’t worry: Whitefish can explain!

    A spokesman for Whitefish, Chris Chiames, defended the costs, saying that “simply looking at the rate differential does not take into account Whitefish’s overhead costs,” which were built into the rate.

    “We have to pay a premium to entice the labor to come to Puerto Rico to work,” Mr. Chiames said. Many workers are paid overtime for all the time they work. Overtime pay varies by type of worker, union membership, mainland utility company and many other factors.

    OK, but if they have to pay a premium to entice the workers, why are the workers actually getting paid normal pay rates? Seems like the premium is going somewhere other than to the linemen? The Times notes that the rates Whitefish charges Puerto Rico are “far above the norm even for emergency work — and almost 17 times the average salary of their counterparts in Puerto Rico,” according to energy industry experts.

    Plus, it seems to us that Whitefish has a lot more spokespersons now than it used to, and they don’t come cheap.

  • But emergencies are expensive! Whitefish insists that the very special circumstances of getting lots of skilled subcontractors to the island justifies their high costs. That didn’t wash with at least one outfit that knows a thing or two about doing disaster recovery:

    The Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing power restoration in Puerto Rico, did not hire Whitefish because its prices were more than double what the agency considered reasonable, according to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

    Oh, but there’s more: Whitefish’s no-bid contract actually doesn’t allow any government agency — FEMA, the Puerto Rican government, or anyone else — to audit or review their spending. So Whitefish is charging anything it pleases, it seems, like triple the going rate for aviation fuel and double the normal cost for helicopters that are outfitted to build transmission lines. That comes to $4000 an hour to rent a helicopter, again, twice what industry experts say is necessary.

  • Oh, but they have to pay for the workers’ food and lodging! One of the subcontractors brought in by Whitefish, Jacksonville Electric Authority, billed Whitefish for its own overhead costs, so the total came to about half of what Whitefish then billed PREPA. But hey, Whitefish has a lot of extra costs, doesn’t it?

    A spokeswoman for Jacksonville Electric said she was not concerned about the markup because Whitefish was also handling food and lodging. (However, Whitefish is also charging Prepa another $412 a day per worker for food and lodging.)

    Yes, $412 a day for food and lodging. And that’s on top of the inflated pay for the workers. Johnny Rodríguez Ortiz, the president of Puerto Rico’s organization for retired electrical workers, told the Times,

    They are paying $3 million for hotels and $80 a day each for food […] I just had lunch with my wife, and it cost me $14.

    Yeah, but that’s in the city, not out in the wilds of the Puerto Rican Outback, where apparently food costs about what it did during the Alaska gold rush.

  • These are totally fair rates and Whitefish is being punished for being successful! Whitefish’s CEO, Andy Techmanski, has complained that all the investigations (four by congressional committees, plus Homeland Security’s Inspector General and the FBI) are nothing but a “witch hunt.” Company spokesperson Chiames explained that Whitefish wasn’t gouging the Puerto Rican government, no, not one bit:

    “The rates in the contract were fairly negotiated between Prepa and the company and were based on the mutual knowledge about the difficulty of the work and associated risks.”

    He said the company was making a “single digit” profit on the Florida workers because costs in Puerto Rico were higher.

    Again, that’s not what the utilities who contracted with Whitefish seem to think. A spokesperson for the Kissimmee Utility Authority, whose workers are working under Whitefish, said the company was charging Whitefish “straight costs” and that under the mutual aid agreements in place after most disasters, “nobody is marking anything up.” A former PREPA chair, Luis Aviles, told the Times that the normal cost for a lineman in Puerto Rico would range from $60 to $100 an hour. And maybe more for a disaster: “Let’s say you put an overage on it, because it’s a special emergency circumstance. But $300 an hour? No way.”

  • Kickbacks? What kickbacks? The retired utility guy, Johnny Rodríguez, said he thought Whitefish was probably jacking up costs to pay kickbacks to corrupt local officials, which he said has been common in the past. Mind you, PREPA and Whitefish deny any impropriety, although PREPA couldn’t really talk about it, you see, since now the matter is under investigation and the records are no longer public, don’t you see? PREPA’s chief executive, Ricardo Ramos, has explained that Whitefish was the only company that had responded to a call for help after the previous hurricane, Irma, hit the island, which sounds like maybe a lame excuse. But don’t worry, he had other lame excuses, too!

    At a recent news conference, Mr. Ramos explained that Whitefish’s prices for subcontractors were high because initially it had to cover things like food and lodging. His explanation was unclear, though, because the contract has separate line items for such expenses.

    He said that some of the more contentious clauses, like the one that suggested FEMA had reviewed and approved the deal, were included by accident, in what he described as “an oops.”

  • You know how it goes — there’s an emergency, the only contractor you have in your Rolodex happens to be from the same town in Montana as Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and you’re in a big hurry, so you add in language saying FEMA had approved the contract, which it hadn’t, not at all.

    That’s an “oops” all right.

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    • Michael R
      • The Wanderer

        AIYEE! ELF ON A SHELF, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          I had one of those growing up. Elf on the Shelf ruined my precious memories.

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

            There’s a picture of me somewhere, as a kid in pajamas and one of those 99c felt elf hats from the drugstore, and I’m sitting with my knees curled up like Elf on the Shelf.

            ‘Course, this was years before the book came out, but obviously it was part of enough people’s memories that the book became a bestseller.

            There’s a Jewish version too, about a rabbi. It’s called Mensch on the Bench. So far, nothing for other religions or lack thereof. I wonder what they’d do, though? The Aga Khan on the Autobahn? The Buddhist Monk in His Bunk? The Pagan Reading Sagan?

            • doktorzoom

              The Agnostic being Caustic?

            • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

              “Audiobook read by: Larry David.”

            • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

              Episcopalian in the ale again?

        • Michael R
        • doktorzoom
          • Amy!

            “Don’t worry, honey! That nice man on the bench over there has a tampon and a towel for you!”

      • MynameisBlarney

        The FUCK is that?

      • Bill D. Burger
    • The Wanderer

      You know, even in Florida you can be prosecuted for price gouging in an emergency.
      Unless, it appears, if you have an ‘in’ with some shady assholes.

    • memzilla Ω

      He said the company was making a “single digit” profit…

      I gotcher “single digit” RIGHT HERE, pal.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Is the infinity sign considered a single digit?

    • Rick Hill

      The whole trump cabal is the 21st century story of The Button.
      “mr trump, if you press this button you and your cronies will have millions of dollars…but there’s a catch. An untold number of people, complete strangers to you, will die because of it!!! What will it be? Will you take the money or will your conscience….mr trump. You only need to press it once…mr trump…stop…it sounds like you’re sending morse code…mr…..”

    • canes_pugnaces

      FYI: totally a coincidence that Sec. Zinke and the Whitefish boys are from the same small town in MT and know each other. So shut the fuck up about that. As for the power lines failing, that’s not their fault. They fixed them and probably some brown person hung their laundry to dry on them, or something. Overcharge? Nothing there. What’s money. It’s imaginary. Ask Trump. So to conclude: Just shut the fuck up, people lived without power for tens of thousands of years and the money wasn’t real.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Yeah. And, what about Roy Moore?

        Wait. Am I doing this right?

    • Beelzebubba

      Has anybody else in the industry even mentioned that ‘call for help’ that somehow only Whitefish seems to have heard?

      • ManchuCandidate

        Better Call Saul?

        • Roadstergal

          Even Slippin’ Jimmy isn’t that grifty.

      • Suttree

        Yeah, cause people hate making more money than usual. Also they are lazy and hate helping people. Unlike these great fellows at Whitefish who are literally the same as Mother Teresa.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos
      • sarafina

        I never knew it was an actual food. I’d just heard the #4 definition. THANKS!

        • Erala Contratista

          I don’t know if boiled flour is “food”.

          • Indeniable Ron

            I’m pretty sure it’s ‘paste.’

      • Doug Langley

        But Scalia says it’s applesauce.

    • ManchuCandidate

      Pretty much if the jizzbirds at Uber ran anything.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Geeze, I’m in the wrong line (heh, get it?) of work. If I had less ethical qualms, I could be a whole lot richer.

      • A Groucho Marxist

        Capitalism is much easier when you’re a terrible person.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Join the club. The term rapacious capitalism has the word “rape” in it for a reason. 99.99999999% of the time, morals and money are not compatible.

    • Beelzebubba

      Creeped out by Facebook? Mandatory lesson on how they creep: https://gizmodo.com/how-facebook-figures-out-everyone-youve-ever-met-1819822691
      You will not be reassured. Much as with Equifax, your data is not yours.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Thankfully, I never got involved with that shit. Especially now that Zuck the schmuck is all “SEND US UR NOODZ.” I guaran-damn-tee you we’ll be hearing about Weinstein shit with him someday soon.

      • Resistor Radio

        Fuuuuck.

    • Iron Monkey

      He said the company was making a “single digit” profit on the Florida workers because costs in Puerto Rico were higher.

      That single digit must be a finger up someone’s butt.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      Fucking racist disaster capitalists. Whitemanski is more like it. I hope they all leave the island and move to Florida. Turn the state bluer than a Smurf in a Canadian Tuxedo.

      • Iron Monkey

        Canadian Tuxedo? Snowmobile suit?

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        You and me both, I’m sick of the good ol’ boy jerk-offs that get elected here.

    • grindstone

      So wait, Whitefish set a loaded labor rate, THEN added on travel, food, and lodging? That’s…..not how that works.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        apparently: “We included travel, lodging, and food in the per hour cost for the employee – then charged for all those things again.”

        • grindstone

          I guess it worked for THEM, but no one who ever had to actually live in the, you know, real world with Sarbane Oxley rules.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      and again, the week this broke, we looked at the maximum (?) per diems the DoD allowed for contractors and it exceeded those by roughly 80-100% (per hour, per person).

      Also too, I was reviewing a contract our government agency has in relation to some litigation – damn good contract for the taxpayers, if I may say so. I would now be interested to read this one in its entirety.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Today, in “Blarney is not very happy with rich assholes that don’t want to pay their mechanics for working on their non-maintained toy yachts!” News.

      Motherfucker lives in rich ass neighborhood, has a 3 story VACATION home, a 120k+ motor yacht and he stopped us from actually repairing the piece of shit generator because it was going to cost more than 1000 bucks.

      He kept saying “I’m retired” and you gotta give me a break, because you didn’t fix it.
      My replies of “Because you told us to stop.” fell on deaf ears.

      I REALLY fucking loathe people like that.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Well then, I hope he goes out to sea and has to, uh, live with the consequences of his greed. Far, far out into the ocean. Ocean is very big, very tremendous. Does he know this? Many, many people on all sides are not aware of this…

        • MynameisBlarney

          I mean, we’re behind on payroll, I’m behind on rent, and these fuckers…
          GAH!

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

            Next time, choose better parents. (Source: GOP)

        • Ricky Gay

          And the oceans are full of deadly votes!

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

            The most incredible votes. Yuge. Believe me.

      • grindstone

        Oh hell naw. My ex used to be a handyman — a really good one. I finally told him that when dealing with Very Rich Assholes, to always double his quote and then request 50% up front (for materials, natch). Then when they reneged at the end of the job — which they did so f’ing often — he wouldn’t get stiffed. How do rich people stay rich? They don’t pay for shit.

        • Mary

          Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
          On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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        • Lou

          Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !da187:
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    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      I’m pretty sure the “connected” goombas in New York and New Jersey would be like “Whoa, that’s out of line.”

      • Viktor

        Ayy ohh ayyy whada ya doin? You whitefish guys are messed up

    • Viktor

      I’m the type of guy who applies for the sub sub sub sub contractor jobs like those. When I fill out the application, of course I lie, and purtend I know lectrisity. And I get hired!

      • Indeniable Ron

        Electricity is easy. If it weren’t, electricians couldn’t do it.
        (My putative brother-in-law is an electrician. I have heard stories…)

    • Michael Smith

      My coworker read me an editorial yesterday that he found on Fox News, in which some pearl-clutching opinion writer expressed her relief that House of Cards was finally ending because she thought it was giving people an unfairly negative picture of our government.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      If you are new to grifting, start small, say, a few municipal contracts first. Work your way up to a few state contracts. Don’t start your career at the frickin’ Super Bowl.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        i would love to play in the friction super bowl.

        (kidding!)

        • Mr. Blobfish

          Fixed. Stupid auto-correct.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            gah! NEVER fix ’em. I don’t – i LUV serendipitous humor.

            ; D

            • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

              “Yippie Kai Yay, Mister Falcon!”

    • Suttree

      No one has figured in the salaries of the two actual employees of Whitefish. They just got a raise from next to nothing to $50 million a year. Why do you hate capitalism?!

      • TJ Barke

        The exploitation and un-sustainability, mostly.

    • jesuswasablack

      I’m in the business, $319 an hour for a lineman is fucking outrageous. I’m a PE (professional engineer, in the HV distribution field), my companies top rate for me is around $250.00 an hour, that is the most we charge for any hourly rate for any skill period. We subcontract lineman and usually charge $150.00 an hour to the customer which is about a $200.00 per day profit for us. Did anyone really think this guy was gonna honestly help Puerto Rico?
      https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/59d3c9a623be0019b3d775f6/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/donald-trump-comments-on-puerto-rico.jpg

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Donald Trump would feed his own mother into an industrial meat grinder feet first if he thought there was something in it for him.

      • grindstone

        I get that they had to cover their costs for transportation, food, water, generators, gas, lodging, AND salary, but you can’t build a loaded labor rate and then double bill.

        • jesuswasablack

          The hourly rate already prices in the overhead, out of the $150.00 we charge for a lineman they are making less than half ($65-$75 and hour depending on the local scale), the rest is overhead.

          • grindstone

            Oh, I agree — I do this, too. But we do charge more to go into disaster situations where we have to provide ALL the basics, like gas for generators so the guys’ RVs have electricity for an hour or two, and bottled water. BUT still, these guys were just….obvious.

            • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

              But wasn’t all that other stuff covered on separate line items? To your double-billing point.

            • grindstone

              Looks that way!

        • akita96th

          Apparently you can, they did. For a Trumpinian Mongol, graft, corruption, price gouging, skullduggery is all part of the game…. The over priced bottom line and excessive pocket change comes from cheating the customer under free market principles, all legal of course..Ethics, Honesty and fair play are for suckers….The Trump n Gang version of capitalism.

          If you are already inherently crooked to start with and you have that GOP attitude of -I got mine fuk you- PLUS you wont have an ounce of truth in your person and greed is your mantra…. well guess what? Being a member of the Trumpanzee fukemwhereithurtsnmakempuke party is all about you.

          • Sarah Smith

            That’s what I was going to say but not nearly as eloquently.

      • HereForTheSnark

        Those paper towels aren’t going to throw themselves, you know.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      How much of that money is finding its way into Sec. Zinke’s numbered bank account in the Cayman Islands. That’s what I want to know.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        all of it, Katie?

    • calliecallie

      Techmanski said on the news that PREPA found him through LinkedIn. I wonder if he has stock in LinkedIn?

      • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

        LinkedIn is a Microsoft property now.

    • jesuswasablack
    • Lance Thrustwell

      Whitewaterfish!

      Waterfishgate?

      Whitefishgate!

      Oh I give up.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        How about, JustanotherTuesdayintheTrumpAdministrationgate

    • Latverian Diplomat

      OK, it’s not the guys doing the actual work who are the problem here, but we parody with the songs we have, not the songs we might wish we had:

      I am a lineman for the bounty and down here I’m living large
      Searchin’ in the sun for another overcharge
      I hear you singin’ in the news, I can hear the auditors wake
      But the Whitefish Lineman is still on the take

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        RIP Glenn.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “We drained the swamp, but that bilge had to come somewhere, and hey, Puerto Rico was already flooded anyway…”
      — A Trumpkin Plumber

    • LastNewDealer?

      Flummery….pfui!!!

    • WeaselPoo

      Back in the day my IT agency contracted me to….let’s call them ‘BMI’….who contracted me to….let’s call them ‘Liatnedurp’…for a $100 million IT project.
      I got $25 p.h., my agency got the same so BMI were paying $50 p.h.— but they billed my work for the end client at $325 p.h., stiffed me on the per diem for food, and claimed I was ‘salaried’ to avoid paying me my rate for the 100 hour weeks I worked for 3 months.

      • kareemachan

        Oh pishah…

        I ain’t got nuthin…

    • LastNewDealer?

      There wouldn’t be any problems if Whitefish was working for scale.

      • Professor Fate

        I saw what you did there.

        • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

          Missed Opporpunity?

          I sea what you did there.

          (I shell show myself out)

          • Professor Fate

            apologies not enough coffee.

          • LastNewDealer?

            We are all guilty of punditry

      • Jamalama

        Looks like they fin…….ished.

        • LastNewDealer?

          And I’m sure they’ll have a tail to tell

          Perhaps with a buoy and a gill…

          • LastNewDealer?

            Thank ghod no one fell for their dreck hook line and sinker

            • Dang it. Owr you a coke. Stupid phone

            • phoenix00

              They had tuna-d for net profit, but didn’t anticipate the turbot-lent seas.

          • javadavis

            Or a buoy and a gull.

            • LastNewDealer?

              Now you are just winging it!

        • SeeTrain65

          To bad they weren’t caught before they lured in PREPA.

      • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

        Trying to think of a good reply, but I’m floundering.

        • Seems to me Trumpland swallowed their lies hook line and sinker

      • Grumpy Twat

        Instead of being ruthless sharks.

      • SeeTrain65

        Instead, they’re using the old bait and switch.

    • kareemachan

      How can these people (I use that term loosely) say this with a straight face?

      • David Chaillou

        A long experience in scamming the public?

      • BreakingDeadMen

        What is Sociopathy?

        Sociopathy is an informal term that refers to a pattern of antisocial behavior and attitudes. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), sociopathy is most closely represented by Antisocial Personality Disorder.

        https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/sociopathy

        • Teto85

          So basically assholisim?

          • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

            basically, yes…every asshole you know falls somewhere on the APD spectrum

            • Heyzeus Ahchay

              Does that mean they are, burp, assholeholics? Hic.Hrrmph.

            • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

              yes

    • Roadstergal

      How are the Tesla-provided panels doing?

      • BoatOfVelociraptors
        • Roadstergal

          Awesome. We can’t undo the tragedy, but it’s a real opportunity to effect lasting change.

          • One would hope that once the basic services are restored as quickly as possible, they will take the opportunity to install a 21st century electrical and communications network over the entire island. A smart and durable power grid, underground where convenient. Fiber optic communications, giving high-speed Internet access to everyone on the island. It’s small enough in scale so that it could actually be done.

    • Cock Blockula

      As a former feral worker who worked for years on contract, I can vouch that the agency bills a huge amount to the client, and then pays you, the person actually doing the work, a small percentage of that (usually 35%). That is why the agency never wants you, the worker, to ever see the billed rate. You will then see how you are getting shafted.

      There are other tricks they play too, which most workers don’t know about. Like withholding state mandated payments for disability, etc., which end after $X dollars paid. Do they 1) add it to your hourly rate essentially giving you a raise or 2) keep the money for themselves? You know the answer already…

      • Zyxomma

        Same in the private sector. I’ve (accidentally) seen bills from a few of my temp agencies. They’re anywhere from double to four times what I get paid.

      • GuidedAccordingly

        Damned feral workers. Can’t keep them out of the garbage cans.

        • Cock Blockula

          Yes, I did mean “feral.” It was a hand-to-mouth existence for several years in the 2000s.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Here in Ohio, we call this crony capitalism. It resulted in the first criminal conviction of a sitting Governor in Ohio’s history.

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        oh hai fellow buckeye..

    • Red Bird

      #ITWAN

    • Zyxomma

      Ooops. Yeah, right. Meanwhile, a large crew of Con Edison workers from NYC is in PR, getting the power back on.

    • Tom Mears

      Before I retired I worked for a company that did electrical work in substations and industrial power distribution. This is close enough to be DIRECTLY COMPARABLE with Whitefish workers.

      Our senior folks made about $60/hr. A few of the really top flight guys made $80/hr. Most guys made closer to $40/hr. We broke even on overhead costs of about $50/hr. We considered 25% profit a VERY GOOD job, most of the time it was 15% or less. At a double time rate we’d charge $120/hr labor, $50/hr overhead, or $170/hr. With 25% profit that comes to $212.50/hr. We ALMOST NEVER got this kind of money on a project…mostly we were billing closer to $125-$150/hr.

      Whitefish is billing a doubletime worker at something close to 75% profit…which is pretty damn slick if they can get it. A client would probably consider it extortion or robery. 😜

    • Indeniable Ron

      A long while back I worked for a company that built and installed all sorts of chemical processing plants all over the world. They’d subcontract the actual hardware, have it shipped to the site, and build the plant. And yes, the contracts were almost all cost-plus.
      But the ‘plus’ was never more than 100%, and that covered EVERYTHING. Up to and including accommodations and such for brought-in workers. Of course, they were a legitimate business with an excellent international reputation, not two guys in an office running a scam.

      • Teto85

        3 guys. Don’t forget Mr Zinke and his cut.

    • Poly_Ester

      They should rename Puerto Rico, Galt Gulch.

    • Grumpy Old Man

      At those rates, the supervisors were billed for about $110,000.00 per month and linemen $58,000.00 per month. ($300/600 per hour * 8 * 22). Sigh, r there is nothing to see here /r

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