Posts Tagged ‘Allen Lew’

How the Supercan Mess Left the Gray Administration Looking Like “Idiots”

In May, Mayor Vince Gray’s administration found itself facing scandal. What’s new, right? Except this time, it had nothing to do with U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.
Instead, Gray was stuck in a quagmire familiar even to big-city mayors who aren’t under federal investigation: the inexplicable botching of a basic public service.
Six months earlier, Gray had announced [...]

Metro Forgives District for the Shutdown

Remember the shutdown? Well, the most interesting part of Vince Gray's shutdown press conference in front of the Senate—at least before the mayor decided to go all Tareq and Michaele Salahi on Harry Reid—came when Gray revealed that, with the District's $74 million payment to Metro delayed, the transit agency planned on charging the city interest.
The interest would [...]

D.C. Under Government Shutdown Would Have No Libraries, Be Filled With Trash

Mayor Vince Gray is set to spend this afternoon considering whether to break federal law by keeping the entire city government operating in the event of a shutdown of the federal government. In the meantime, here's how the city would fare if it did go along with the feds on Oct. 1, according to a [...]

D.C. Could Break the Law, Defy Congress Over Government Shutdown

Mayor Vince Gray and members of the D.C. Council were supposed to talk this morning about preparations for a partial shutdown of the city government in the event of a federal government shutdown. Instead, they left breakfast considering a plan that would keep the city government open and break federal law.
During a presentation from City Administrator [...]

Vince Gray Cuts Ribbon on New Dunbar High School, Including Academy Named After Him

While questions persist about whether Mayor Vince Gray will face charges related the 2010 shadow campaign to elect him, the administrators at Dunbar High School, at least, aren't expecting Gray to be disgraced any time soon.
Gray, part of the Dunbar class of 1959, returned to his alma mater this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the sharp [...]

D.C. Set to Sue Construction Firms Over Alleged Fraud

City sources tell LL that District Attorney General Irv Nathan's office is set to file a lawsuit soon—possibly Wednesday—against two construction firms that teamed up to manage construction of Anacostia High School.
The lawsuit will allege that Rockville, Md.-based Forrester Construction and nominally D.C.-based EEC of D.C. conspired to defraud the District government through a phony [...]

Full Time Pay Without Full Attention

The Department of General Services pays the equivalent of $86,000 a year for someone to do data entry. The rate of pay for "Document Control Technician" comes out to $115,000 a year. And the services of one administrative assistant costs DGS $191,000 a year.
Created in 2011 to manage much of the District's public construction projects, [...]

How Many Managers Are Needed to Install Bathroom Stalls?

How many managers did D.C. need in order to buy and install bathroom stalls for the newly renovated Anacostia High School? Let's count:
We begin with the city, which has placed responsibility with $3.5 billion in school construction with the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, which was then headed by City Administrator [...]

Vince Gray: CBE Reforms Are Here!

Look out, violators of the city's Certified Business Enterprise program rules: Mayor Vince Gray says he's determined to fix the much-maligned contracting preference program and make fraudsters and cheaters pay.
Gray says he wants companies caught gaming the CBE system to face fines big enough "to get people's attention" and deter other would-be wrongdoers.
The tough talk [...]

City “Evaluating Options” For Seven Months in Alleged CBE Fraud Case

Here's more proof that Forrester Construction may have operated sham joint ventures that received more than $100 million in city construction work: two newly obtained documents that show the company having almost complete control of the construction of the new Department of Employment Services headquarters and a senior center in Ward 1, despite the fact [...]

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