Con­trac­tor ap­peals de­lay Trump bor­der wall pro­to­types

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Thurs­day that pro­to­types for a pro­posed bor­der wall with Mex­ico have been de­layed un­til Novem­ber be­cause two com­pa­nies have ob­jected to the bid­ding process, deal­ing an­other set­back to the pres­i­dent’s ag­gres­sive timetable to make good on a sig­na­ture cam­paign pledge.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion ini­tially planned to be­gin con­struc­tion in San Diego by June. Last month, of­fi­cials said they did not ex­pect to break ground un­til to­ward the end of sum­mer.

On Thurs­day, the ad­min­is­tra­tion sent an email to mem­bers of Congress say­ing ap­peals by two com­pa­nies iden­ti­fied as WNIS and Penna Group de­layed con­struc­tion to early Novem­ber, with com­ple­tion sched­uled for early De­cem­ber.

The con­tents of the email were pro­vided to The As­so­ci­ated Press by a U.S. of­fi­cial who had re­viewed it. The of­fi­cial pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion only on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it has not been made pub­lic.

WNIS and Penna Group sub­mit­ted bids to build wall pro­to­types but failed to make it to a sec­ond round of bid­ders se­lected in May, ac­cord­ing to the email sent to mem­bers of Congress.

Los­ing bid­ders rou­tinely protest de­ci­sions, and ad­di­tional de­lays are pos­si­ble. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice has dis­missed WNIS’ protest but is still eval­u­at­ing the protest lodged by Parra Group. Others may ob­ject once the win­ners are an­nounced.

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