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May 15, 2006

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

BGR rips City Council for no-bid contract

BGR rips City Council for no-bid contract

At a time when resources are scarce, the Bureau of Governmental Research last week issued its latest report taking the New Orleans City Council to task for awarding a $3-million contract without inviting competition.

The City Council awarded a neighborhood planning contract to Lambert Advisory LC, a consulting firm that also holds a $125,000 contract to analyze public housing investment and reinvestment for the City Council.

The scope of work called for evaluating a long-range redevelopment plan to be prepared by the Housing Authority of New Orleans for its properties and was for limited consulting services related to public housing.

The City Council claims the contract for neighborhood planning is a housing matter that falls under a 2004 request for qualifications and no additional competitive process is needed.

“In awarding the neighborhood planning contract without inviting competition, the City Council has ignored the City Charter and its own rules,” the BGR report read. “The contract should be rescinded or canceled.”

The City Charter states professional services contracts administered by the City Council should be awarded through a competitive selection process.

May 15, 2006

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

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