CT Newsjunkie has posted an article entitled: “Questions Remain about no-bid consulting contracts” in which Commissioner Pryor and his spokesman dismiss the concerns that have been raised about the quarter of a million no-bid contracts given to select firms outside of Connecticut.
I urge Wait, What? readers to take a look at the article: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/questions_remain_about_no-bid_consulting_contracts/
The responses from the Malloy Administration raise more questions than it answers.
For example, what about the question listed below?
Who paid William Cox and DSA Capital the reported $60,000 to advise Pryor on which consultants to hire for Connecticut?
Considering Cox helped recruit, select and negotiate contracts costing CT taxpayers $250,000 or more – don’t people have a right to know who picked up Cox’s tab…and how is it remotely appropriate that some unnamed party pay for a consultant who shows up in Connecticut to advise a Connecticut appointed official – and that official – refuses to disclose who recruited and paid for that consultant.
In New Jersey, DSA Capital appears to have played a role in selecting a company called Wireless Generation for a $500,000 contract to help develop New Jersey’s failed Race to the Top application AND THEN DSA Capital ended up as a subcontractor to Wireless Generation on that very contract.
Here in Connecticut the evidence is that at least one of the two companies that Cox helped recruit here in Connecticut have already hired sub-contractors with ties to Commissioner Pryor when he worked in New Jersey.…
Thanks to good reported and a number of Freedom of Information requests we now know that the Malloy Administration has used the State Education Resource Center (SERC) – which they call a non-profit entity – but is actually a quasi-governmental agency on at least four occasions to get around Connecticut’s competitive bidding laws.
In each case a vendor was selected without any open process to determine if that individual or company was the most qualified or the most affordable.
Intentionally by-passing Connecticut open and competitive bidding laws is an outrage under any circumstance but following the Rowland debacle it is certainly a cause for an independent investigation into whether Connecticut’s taxpayers are once again being ripped off by our own elected and appointed officials.