The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services has spent eight months evading requests for emails from former Chief Procurement Officer Michael Owh concerning the origins of a multi-million-dollar contract with an inexperienced French technology company. Four years after the City awarded Ivalua a lucrative contract for eProcurement software, the system still doesn’t work as promised.
There’s confusion that vendors have to use two systems, even after millions of taxpayer dollars were spent on a new system to address the problem. In a time of collapsing city revenues, taxpayers will understandably ask: Why?
Despite the pandemic making eProcurement software all the more important so New York City can purchase crucial supplies, the product New York City bought in 2016 still doesn’t work as promised.
Why would it take weeks – when MOCS has already had months – to run a search of one former employee’s email account with one term? What is the Mayor’s Office hiding?
The Ivalua software still doesn’t work as promised. How did this boondoggle happen? Why are two City agencies involved so reluctant to release public records?
We’ve requested public records from only two former employees of Symon’s agency but have repeatedly received automated emails that put off providing us with records due to the “complexity” of our request.
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 »
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.
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.