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Gray: More questions about contract awards

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said Monday that the council's questions about contracts have expanded beyond those awarded by the D.C. Housing Authority.

The council is now looking at whether the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has bypassed the legislative body in other ways -- from awarding option year contracts without council approval to failing to seek retroactive approval for contracts.

Gray addressed the issue at a news briefing Monday.

In an Oct. 31 letter to Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, Gray said he has "become increasingly concerned that the Executive is not following contract and procurement law across multiple agencies."

Gray's budget staff has also found a possible change in the way the administration has been handling contracts that for some reason did not get council approval. In the last council legislative period, the administration sent 85 contracts for "retroactive payment authorization," meaning the council authorized contracts that may have been for over $1 million or needed council approval but did not get it.

"In 2009, the Council has received only 8 contracts for retroactive payment authorization, indicating either a drastic improvement in the contracting process or the failure to submit retroactive contracts to the Council," Gray wrote.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 2, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Comments

Why is this story buried so deep in the "local" section? If the mayor illegally awarded contracts we need to know about it. Potentilaly tens on millions of dollars. C'mon WaPo!

Posted by: thadude33 | November 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thadude33, we know the WaPo will protect Fenty! Keep digging, Chairman Gray, keep digging!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | November 2, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Carlos Gray, DC Housing Authority COnstruction Project Manager, the son of Chairman Gray?
Keep digging, yeah!

Posted by: nhfaa | November 2, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Ward One residents will remember construction contract beneficiary and Fenty fratbuddy Sinclair "Nupe" Skinner as a disgraced former ANC commissioner and failed small businessman who sold out neighborhood residents to try to prevent the closure of the nusiance nightspot Warren Williams (also a Fenty construction contract beneficiary and Skinner partner) ran weekends downstairs in the Reeves Building. Despite several shootings, knifings and murders directly linked to Williams' nuisance nightspot, Skinner fought the ultimate closure through race-baiting and gay bashing attacks on neighborhood and community activists. When Skinner's small business went bust, Fenty picked him up for $25,000 as his campaign field director. Next thing Skinner's a real estate developer and runs a connection construction engineering company and traveling to the Dominican Republic as a goodwill ambassador giving away city vehicles. Lots for the Council and press to dig into.

Posted by: GoDoZo | November 2, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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