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Mar 17, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Contracting, Orleans Parish

BGR calls for changes in professional services contracting

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
By CityBusiness staff reports

A New Orleans research organization is suggesting changes to the city’s professional services contracting system, including shifting administration of the contracts from the city’s chief administrative officer to the procurement office in the Department of Finance.

The Bureau of Governmental Research released a report today calling for the changes.

“The need for reform is clear,” BGR says in a press release, citing “numerous problems with the city’s process for awarding professional services contracts,” including “bloated contracts for political allies, an alleged kickback scheme, poor monitoring of contractor performance and an expanding definition of ‘professional service’ to avoid low-bid requirements.”

In calling for transferring the administration of professional services contracts to a professional, nonpolitical procurement office, BGR says it is not recommending a transfer of contract administration to an entity outside of city government.

The report also calls for the city to:

• Use committees of government employees with relevant expertise to score and rank proposals;
• Limit the mayor to signing a contract with the committee’s highest-ranked proposal, or terminating the procurement;
• Conduct all meetings involving evaluation and selection of contractors as open meetings, and facilitate start-to-finish oversight by the inspector general;
• Use standardized requests for proposals and requests for qualifications designed to identify the best contractor for the job;
• Aggressively advertise contracts to elicit maximum competition; and
• Monitor contractor performance to confirm the contractor fulfills its obligations.

Mar 17, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Contracting, Orleans Parish

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