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Because the initial push was to get projects funded and under way as quickly as possible, Zabel said, some agencies essentially rushed through the planning phases in order to meet tight federal deadlines, which sometimes resulted in incomplete plans.
Consequently, Zabel said, some companies intentionally padded their bids to protect themselves against unforeseen costs.
"The main problems has been that when this stimulus money came out, it forced a lot of agencies and municipalities to hurriedly get their plans together because they gave drop-dead dates," Zabel said.
"You might find some bidders bidding higher than they normally might to cover themselves because some of the plans aren't as complete as they should be."
In addition to worrying that some public funds were wasted due to inflated bids, Zabel also said
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