oversees City agencies involved in the construction industry, including the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), among others. Squad 3 investigates corruption vulnerabilities in the industry that can lead to compromised safety on construction projects; arrests City workers, including building inspectors, for taking bribes to look the other way on violations of the City’s construction code; and probes contractors and subcontractors for giving bribes and gratuities to City inspectors to overlook building code violations. Squad 3 also investigates prevailing wage violations that result in the theft of workers’ wages on municipal projects and seeks to return those wages to those employees, and allegations of fraud involving federal and state environmental laws, including those involving the oversight of asbestos detection and removal
. In addition, Squad 3 investigates allegations of tenant harassment where landlords create unsafe conditions in an effort to force out low-income tenants, as well fraud committed to obtain subsidized and low-income housing, circumventing the rules established to create a fair system.
also prevents the waste of City resources through the Vendor Integrity Program, a system to permit the City to enter into or continue contracts with companies that might otherwise be precluded from doing business with the City because of previously identified integrity issues. Under the Vendor Integrity Program
, companies with integrity issues may be awarded City contracts if they agree to a monitor that reports to DOI and if they take other steps to ensure they have the requisite business integrity. DOI hires companies with relevant expertise, called Integrity Monitors, to assist DOI. These monitors report directly to and are supervised by Squad 3, and DOI investigators supplement the monitors by joining them on field site visits, audits, and investigations. The Vendor Integrity Program also proactively oversees integrity issues on certain large-scale City projects to ensure tax dollars are not being stolen or wasted, including monitorships over the recovery programs put in place after Hurricane Sandy - the Rapid Repairs and Build It Back Programs - where monitors' investigations with DOI resulted in savings of approximately $40 million in taxpayer funds
Squad 3 Reports