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.
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.
New York City’s costs are approaching $50 million to custom-build an eProcurement system when the City of Dallas got one for less than $50,000. Spend Matter’s full-throated defense of the Big Apple boondoggle caused us to take a look at the influential industry website itself. We were surprised at what we learned.
Two years and tens of millions of dollars into a contract for an eProcurement system, there was no design.
Michael Owh moved to Los Angeles as the bungled, $30.5 million contract missed deadline after deadline. Now costs are approaching $50 million and the custom built platform intended for use by 40 city agencies still doesn’t work as promised.
At the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the responses to our public records requests make the staff look like they’re hiding something.
Two years after the $30.5 million contract was signed, the expensive project to custom-build an online eProcurement platform for use by City government agencies didn’t work as promised. But instead of cancelling the contract it was increased by $15 million.
It appears that KPMG used persistent lobbying to obtain the $30,515,448.83 contract. The Dallas system cost just under $50,000.
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