Posts Tagged ‘cbe’

Orange Scolds Gray on Small Business Spending, But Mayor Says the Numbers Are All Wrong

Did D.C. fail to spend $1 billion intended for local small businesses? Depends which Vincent you ask.

Allegedly Fraudulent Contractor Barred From CBE Program for 5 Years

The contracting machinations surrounding the remodeling of Anacostia Senior High School have finally come to an end. On Tuesday, city contractor EEC of D.C. followed in the footsteps of former joint venture partner Forrester Construction and entered a settlement with the District over an alleged fraud scheme to take advantage of city contracting preferences.
It's fair to say that neither company [...]

District Sues Contractor for CBE Program Fraud

A D.C. company scammed the District government by abusing its status as a business based in the city on three separate projects, according to a lawsuit filed by the District last week.
Contractor EEC of D.C. abused the city's Certified Business Enterprise program and a mechanism for joint ventures intended to help local companies win bigger contracts, according to [...]

Mayoral Candidate Christian Carter Accused of Stiffing Subcontractor

Most District politicians wait until they're in office to be accused of stealing city money. But not Christian Carter, the 30-year-old city contractor who announced his run for mayor last week. Carter's campaign kick-off Saturday had some unlikely crashers: District officials.
The payment dispute centers on the 2014 Children's Budget Report, which Carter's New Columbia Enterprises [...]

Vince Gray Proposes CBE Reform, Again

Mayor Vince Gray is taking another shot at the city's Certified Business Enterprise system. The first time he tried to tackle the troubled contracting program, he ended up vetoing the resulting bill a few months later. Today, Gray tried again, releasing proposed legislation from a task force of "prominent business leaders."
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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 [...]

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 [...]

Gray Fires CBE Boss

Two days after Mayor Vince Gray told reporters at a news conference that he was unhappy with the pace of efforts to reform the embattled Certified Business Enterprise set-aside program, his administration announced the departure of the head of the department responsible for overseeing that program.
Harold Pettigrew Jr., the head of the Department of Small [...]

Gray Asks Foxes to Arrange CBE Henhouse

Mayor Vince Gray has been seeking reforms to the embattled Certified Business Enterprise program for nearly nine months now and so far has precious little to show for it.
The beefed-up enforcement of CBE rules and regulations by the Department of Small and Local Business Development that Gray announced in October? The department is still staffing [...]

How to Fix D.C.’s CBE Program

Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmember Vincent Orange are headed for a showdown today over the fate of a bill designed to increase the amount of city and construction funds being awarded to Certified Business Enterprises.
Gray proposed reforming the much-maligned program, which is supposed to increase the share of  District-based businesses get of city contracts and [...]