Questions about the panels, which were assembled overseas, were raised in a four-page advisory memo sent by the inspector general
to the GSA
in the summer of 2011.
Meanwhile, the contractor
on the Illinois building project, J.R. Conkey & Associates, initially questioned GSA officials on whether solar panels assembled in China could be used under the stimulus program, but a procurement officer told the company to proceed
, according to records.
Still, the inspector general’s memo stated that the panels violated the provisions of the stimulus program, according to the memo.