Since last summer, after receiving a tip, Checks and Balances Project has been looking into questions about New York City’s $30.5M contract with software company Ivalua to custom-build an eProcurement platform for some 40 city government agencies. Fast forward 16 months and the contract amount has risen to $47M while the city still doesn’t have… Read more »
Records About California Air Resources Board’s Approval of Inglewood Arena Are Slow Walked. City of Inglewood Ignores Basic Requests.
State records law requires government agencies to respond within 10 calendar days —by December 5th in our case — to acknowledge the records request and tell the requesters whether they have disclosable public records.
CARB’s approval was a big step forward for Steve Ballmer, but potentially a big step backwards for the nation’s toughest carbon pollution reduction goals.
Steve Ballmer — the 15th Richest Person in the World — Appears to Be Attempting to Crash Through the Nation’s Toughest Standards to Address Climate Change
The old-school definition of Freedom of Information means that the public has a right to most documents that are created by officials whose work and salaries are paid by taxpayers. A newer version, it seems, means that public officials have the obligation to protect a government agency from possible embarrassment by hiding documents.
Some expressed dismay. Others anger. The names of others just disappeared. They include six medical doctors, two professors and a nurse. One of the physicians is listed as a co-chair but has been dead for 20 months.
Says PADS Founder Dr. Robert Campbell: “Big Pharma does something really special. What we have to do is that when they do something special, they get paid for it.”
Spend Matters aggressively defended Ivalua after our analysis of how NYC is paying 340 times more per agency for custom-built eProcurement software than Dallas paid for off the shelf software. When one finally discovers its Client Disclosures page, Ivalua is in a list of companies that are Spend Matters clients.
He denies conflicts while his procurement trade publication Spend Matters cheered the company embroiled in a growing New York City eProcurement contract scandal.