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Mayoral Statement Watch

In the wake of the alleged bribery scam at the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, exposed by federal law enforcement officials last week, we asked the mayor's office the following questions last Thursday:

1. Under the ITSA system, when a project manager selects a contractor for a job, is anyone else at OCTO required to review and/or sign off on the decision? If so, who does so?

2. Does the agency audit the conctracts that are agreed upon by the project managers? If yes, what does the audit look at? How often is an audit conducted?

3. AITC went from a small company with less than $1 million worth of city contracts 5 years ago to a company with contracts worth several million in recent years. Some vendors I have talked to said such a fast growth is unusual and that such growth should have raised alarms inside OCTO. Was AITC ever audited by the agency? If yes, what did the audit find? If no, why not?

4. What checks and balances exist to ensure that project managers do not have a conflict of interest when hiring contractors?

Response from the mayor's spokeswoman Mafara Hobson today: "Because the case is under investigation, AG has advised that I won't be able to respond right now."

Bonus Statement Watch

We asked the mayor's office: Why did the mayor postpone his State of the District speech from today until Thursday?

Response: "Turns out that Thursday works better."

By David A Nakamura  |  March 17, 2009; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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What we all as District Residents should ask is "No More Lip Service" from the Mayor or his Administration (and that means Nickles too)! It appears we are at a time where the Citizens need to rise up against the system set in place! Mayor Fenty, Nickles, Rhee, and the list goes on, failure to listen to the Citizens should give you all waling passes! On the Other hand, if Mayor Fenty gets reelected then the Residents have no one to blame when your tax dollars are stolen, given to Developers, Big Business gets major tax breaks, and yes all this will be supported by Residents Property Taxes!

Posted by: CashNDC | March 17, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I am truly disappointed in the Mayor and the people that he employs. All of the city services have broken infrastructure to say the least. People are making off with our tax dollars by thousands. If they enforced and re-examined the policy and procedures for these entities the way they do parking, we would have limited issues at a smaller dollar amount. Parking on a district street overnight is enforced more strictly than the agencies that spend the money we pay.

Posted by: joy0353 | March 18, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Excuses are tools of the incompetent, used by those with weak minds, satisfying only to those who use them." Sounds like a sufficient statement to describe the mayor, his office and all of his sycophants who seek to serve him and poorly serve the taxpayers who pay their exhorbitant salaries!

Posted by: southyrndiva | March 18, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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