Posts Tagged ‘Allen Lew’

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 [...]

Gray Says CBE Reforms Coming Soon, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Mayor Vince Gray said today on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt that he'll soon be announcing "a number of reform efforts" to the Certified Business Enterprise, the troubled contracting system LL chronicled in a recent cover story.
Not that LL is taking credit for said forthcoming reforms. Gray tasked Harold Pettigrew, the director of the Deparment [...]

CBE Mess: Were Warning Signs Ignored?

A Rockville-based construction company won a $6.8 million school construction contract a month after city officials were alerted that the same company may have abused the city's preference program for local contractors, court and D.C. Council records show.
A panel made up of one city employee and two private consultants picked Forrester Construction on behalf of [...]

CBE Problems: Where’s Lew?

If you haven't seen it already, LL wrote this week's cover story about the District's broken Certified Business Enterprise program. Much of the story centers on the recent $62 million renovation at Anacostia High School, where the owner of a CBE-certified company, EEC of DC, says he was essentially used as a front by a [...]

Gray Administration Fires Environment Boss, Announces It

Here's something you don't see everyday: a news release from the Gray administration announcing that it has shitcanned an agency head.
The fired official: now former Department of Environment Director Christophe Tulou. His dismissal was announced today via email from Chief Administrator Allen Lew's office. Their statement:
District of Columbia City Administrator Allen Y. Lew today announced [...]

D.C. Contracting, Inc.

The world of big-dollar school construction in D.C. is pretty cozy.
How cozy? Two private firms are effectively awarding school contracts to their partners on other construction projects. That’s like two judges on American Idol having side-gig bands with some of the contestants.
For the next six years, the city is set to spend about $300 million [...]

Jeanne Harris Pleaded Guilty to Corruption Charges in Late ’80s

Tomorrow Jeanne Clarke Harris is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court to campaign corruption charges. It will not be her first time at the rodeo.
A couple of decades ago, Harris was sentenced in federal court to two years' probation and given a $10,000 fine for hiding knowledge of allegedly criminal acts involving the misuse [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Help, We’re Caught in An Echo Chamber Edition

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