Monitor named after Hanford pay scandal

A former Securities and Exchange Commission accountant has been appointed to serve as the corporate monitor of a Hanford contractor after a timecard fraud scandal.

As part of a March agreement between CH2M Hill and the Department of Justice to avoid prosecution, CH2M Hill agreed to pay for a corporate monitor for CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. for three years.

Pamela M. Roberts, who worked as an SEC supervisory staff accountant, will serve as the monitor, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. She starts July 15.

She will be given full access to CH2M Hill records at Hanford and may attend any meeting. She also will have review and comment authority on the contractor's policies and procedures and its internal audits.

The U.S. Attorney's Office will support her work, particularly in the area of labor hours and performance-based incentives tied to large management bonuses.

CH2M Hill admitted as part of the settlement that it conspired with employees when it was the Hanford tank farm contractor to commit criminal timecard fraud and paid an $18.5 million penalty. It now holds the contract for central Hanford cleanup.