Archive for March, 2013

Federal Inspector General Faults D.C. Employment Office

An audit by the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General released yesterday found that D.C.'s Department of Employment Services had numerous accounting and record-keeping errors when administering federal job training grants from October 2008 to the end of 2011. The DOL's OIG is recommending the feds try and recoup $8.8 million in "questioned costs" [...]

Morning Clicks

Ken Ellerbe in the hot seat; about half of the city's ambulance fleet doesn't work; "I just don’t understand how the chief of the fire and EMS department would not know how many vehicles are available,” says Phil Mendelson. [STATter911]
Marion Barry apologizes that his twitter account called the Park Service a Bambi-killing "MoFo." [Post]
Vince Gray's [...]

Gray’s Proposed Budget: Money for Everyone!

Mayor Vince Gray hasn't said whether he intends to run for re-election yet, but the proposed budget he released today sure looks like something an incumbent seeking to retain office might put out.
Councilmembers were heaping praise on the mayor today, thanking him for addressing seemingly all of their wards, their issues [...]

Morning Clicks

Pat Mara wins Sierra Club endorsement, says report that lobbied for Exxon Mobil is a lie. [WAMU]
Urbanists, progressives, reformers unite for Elissa Silverman, says GGW. [GGW]
City picks three Medicaid MCOs, and Jeff Thompson doesn't own any of them. [Post]

Fire Proof

Mayor Vince Gray has not been shy about firing high-ranking officials when they become inconvenient. The mayor’s former chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, was gone after only three months, forced to take the fall for hiring little-supported-mayoral-candidate-turned-FBI-witness Sulaimon Brown. Former Department of Employment Services Director Rochelle Webb was shown the door a few months [...]

This Is What D.C. Job Training Looks Like

A D.C. green job training program that, according to some participants, involved little more than passing out free energy-efficient light bulbs door to door is under investigation by the Department of Employment Services, according to an agency spokeswoman.
LL wrote about L.S. Caldwell & Associates' questionable publicly funded job training program in January. Caldwell's owner, Loretta [...]

Morning Clicks

Can Tommy Wells raise serious money? [Examiner]
Elections board says it's being nickel and dimed. [Examiner]
Pat Mara also has no confidence in fire chief. [Times]

Jim Graham Sued Over Metro Deal

Omar Karim, one of former Mayor Adrian Fenty's most-favored developers, is suing Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Metro, and another developer over a failed bid to develop a Metro property on Florida Avenue NW. Karim's company, Banneker Ventures, filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court seeking $100 million in damages saying, the defendants took part [...]

Morning Clicks

Muriel Bowser, in her own words [Post]
Journalist group asks why the courts afford Jeff Thompson so much secrecy. [Post]
Matthew Frumin says he's about more than just money. [Examiner]

Anita Bonds Gets Her Own Power-Player Fundraiser

A few weeks ago, some of the city's biggest local lobbyists threw a fundraiser for D.C. Council candidate Michael Brown, a sign that some of the District's power brokers were getting behind Brown's bid to rejoin the Council.
But not all of the deep-pocketed power players in D.C. are getting behind Brown (whose fundraiser didn't wind [...]