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Nov 9, 2010

Source: Fox 8

Filed under: Contracting, Orleans Parish

IG: Landrieu making same mistakes as Nagin

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
By Rob Masson
Fox 8

More criticism Tuesday afternoon of the way the City of New Orleans engages in contracts which are often too expensive and not properly managed.

The city’s inspector general says the Landrieu administration is now making some of the same mistakes made under former Mayor Ray Nagin.

“We’ve reviewed over 20 (request for proposals) out of the new administration and found they had some of the same problems that existed under the prior administration,” Inspector General Ed Quatreveaux said.

Those problems have been well documented, and recently led to the total writing off of $7 million dollars worth of crime cameras that don’t work.

“The big problems are vague specifications, failure to protect the city,” Quatreveaux said. “And compensation terms that are not advantageous to the city such as cost plus.”

The inspector general had higher hopes. He said he met with the mayor last April and thought he had a receptive ear.

“This is where the big money goes… big money has to come out through contracts,” Quatreveaux said.

The inspector general’s comments come on the heels of a report from the Bureau of Governmental Research, also criticizing the city’s contracting process under the Nagin administration and blasting contracts for websites that no longer work, wasting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Both the inspector general and the BGR say the city often wastes too much money on contracts which are poorly supervised or which are not specific enough. And they say there’s a simple solution.

“What the city needs is a procurement officer who reports to the mayor and the CAO,” Quatreveaux said.

While the inspector general is frustrated, he says there are steps now being taken to hire a procurement officer to engage in contracts, and monitor them.

“I know the mayor is advertising for chief procurement officer, but even that position is calling for a low level administrator in the bowels of bureaucracy,” Quatreveaux said.

He is calling for a strong procurement officer to make sure that taxpayer money isn’t wasted through a contracting process, which he says is flawed. The city says once that procurement officer is in place, bids will be selected during a public meeting, and not behind closed doors.

Nov 9, 2010

Source: Fox 8

Filed under: Contracting, Orleans Parish

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