The Big Crumble (part V)

| July 24, 2006

The age-old dictum “Follow the money!” appears to apply to the Big Dig Crumble as well, and Aaron Margolis over at is doing just that. Margolis’s investigation starts with a few fascinating items:

  • State Att’y General Tom Reilly was “pushing for a deal with Bechtel [one of the major contractors] that would have given them safe harbor for future liabilities in [the] tunnel for a mere $85 million.”
  • There’s an interesting chain of connections and patronage from MTA Chairman Matt Amorello to Mass House Sal DiMasi; it strikes me as a bit convoluted, but on the other hand, DiMasi doesn’t want to actually fire Amorello but instead give him another job at his current $223K/year salary.

It’s not only worth reading the entire posting by Margolis, it’s worth linking to the site, because Margolis is just getting started on following the money.

In the meantime, fallout from the collapse continues to yield a hard look at the project itself:

I’ve made enough posting on this subject that I’ve now created a separate “Big Crumble” category. You can see previous posting by clicking on that category over in the left sidebar. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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