Statement of MWH in Response to News Coverage of the OIG Draft Report

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Earlier this week, a draft report of the Office of Inspector General Review of the City of New Orleans Professional Services Contract with MWH Americas, was released to the press prematurely, prior to MWH having the opportunity to respond. The early release of this draft report has produced misleading, and in some cases, inaccurate information. MWH is reviewing the report and will have a detailed response soon.

Earlier this week, a draft report of the Office of Inspector General Review of the City of New Orleans Professional Services Contract with MWH Americas, was released to the press prematurely, prior to MWH having the opportunity to respond. The early release of this draft report has produced misleading, and in some cases, inaccurate information. MWH is reviewing the report and will have a detailed response soon.

MWH was hired by the City of New Orleans to oversee one of the largest infrastructure rebuilding programs ever undertaken, at a time when the city itself did not have capacity to take on this challenge. Our team of dedicated employees and subcontractors has worked hard to rebuild after the unprecedented devastation of two severe hurricanes in less than one month.

One-third of payments we have received from the city under our contract have been passed directly through to local subcontractors, who are Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. We reject any suggestion that we are profiting unfairly from this disaster.

We are proud of our people and the work we have completed in New Orleans, and we are preparing a detailed response to the report, which will set the record straight.

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