Board reiterates recommendation that Puerto Rico Housing contract with Adjusters Intl. be canceled
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Housing Department’s Bid Review Board again notified Thursday its resolution recommending that the contract between the department and Adjusters International (AI) to manage the “Tu Hogar Renace” project be canceled in light of the irregularities found.
The issuance took place after the Court of Appeals last week declared itself as lacking jurisdiction to consider AI’s motion because the review board had not notified the parties of the terms or the forum for an appeal.
In the new resolution, the parties are warned that if they are not satisfied with the board’s determination, they have up to 20 calendar days to appeal the decision. The review board added that the filing of an appeal “does not paralyze the adjudication of the challenged bid.”
AECOM, the competing company for the Housing project to make minor repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Maria, reassured it “is ready to immediately begin discussion with the Housing Department and Secretary Fernando Gil to develop a plan and…strategy to ensure all our combined resources are positioned, assuring the program’s continuity for the benefit of thousands of families who still suffer the consequences of the disaster. This has never been about winning or losing. It is about working together to do what is right for the people of Puerto Rico.”
AECOM Executive Vice President Vagid Ownjazayeri issued a release stating that the contractor is ready to discuss with Housing “the next steps to begin the transition process for the management of the Tu Hogar Renace program.”