Posts Tagged ‘cbe’

Biz Community to Mayor: Veto the CBE Bill

The city's business community—or at least its main lobbying groups, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the D.C. Building Industry Association, the local chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Hotel Association of Washington—is asking Mayor Vince Gray to veto new legislation aimed at tightening up regulations of [...]

Catania Forces Awkward Vote on CBE Program

Yesterday, D.C. Councilmember David Catania forced his colleagues to show where their true loyalties lie when it comes to the city's broken Certified Business Enterprise program. It wasn't pretty.
The program gives preference to the small fraction of D.C.-based companies that sign up to be CBEs when bidding on city contracts. The city also requires that [...]

Not Our Problem

When confronted with evidence of what one city contracting official later described as “admittedly fraudulent” behavior between two private construction companies, the District government and private employees working on its behalf ignored the problem, then eventually quietly offered to broker a settlement between the feuding companies that would have cost taxpayers $250,000.
That’s what more than [...]

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 [...]

Council Blocks Payment on Anacostia High School Contractor, Will Hold Hearings

During a legislative meeting yesterday, the D.C. Council blocked additional payments of at least $2 million to the contractors who managed the renovations at Anacostia Senior High School after several councilmembers questioned why the extra costs were needed. Councilmembers also said they needed to find out more about the joint venture that was supposed to [...]

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 Calls for Review of CBE Program

Mayor Vince Gray has tasked an agency director to review the city's Certified Business Enterprise program, which is designed to give local businesses a leg up in winning city contracts but is frequently decried as a broken system.
Gray sent an undated letter to Department of Small and Local Business Development Director Harold Pettigrew telling him [...]

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