Our old buddy Mark Kurt, N.O. CIO, is apparently tyring to pull a fast one in the wake of our recent crime dilema. While everyone is pissed and demanding answers, you may have noticed one answer Nagin's administration is providing is to increase the number of crime cameras around town. Our local media has been lauding their success rate as well.
Sounds like a great idea right? (holy shit....right in the middle of this sentence Marlon Defillo just walked into the coffee shop I'm in...freaky deaky.)
Hold the applause folks.
The company who originally got this multi-million dollar contract as an RFP was a local company called Active Solutions. They designed and delivered the entire package for the city from scratch. They know the system inside and out and all the technical issues surrounding it, and by most accounts they delivered and delivered well.
The system works....it's producing arrests...great!
Nagin and Kurt advocate expanding the camera system under a new contract. So we put the contract up for RFP and let Active Solutions put in a bid along with any other companies who think they can do the job right???
I'll give you two guesses what Nagin did and the first one doesn't count. That's right...he issued another emergency procurement for the contract....after all guys, the whole crime thing is suddenly a pressing emergency right??? It's not like we haven't been living with it for goddam ever....oooohhhh now it's an emergency....oooohhhh the city marched down and told us it's an emergency..... ooohhhh let's issue a contract to someone....like say....us.
So under the procurement you'd think that Active Solutions would get the bid, huh? I mean they know the system inside and out considering they built the frukkin' thing. (Ashley...you dig frukkin? I like it...it rolls of the tongue.)
I'll give you two guesses who is getting the contract and the first one doesn't count. NETMETHODS.... yeah you right. Our good buddy Mark St. Pierre's company or Imagine V.2. Have they ever installed a system like this? Of course not. Does that matter? Of course not. Does it matter that Kurt was a former employee of Imagine? Of course not. Do you think Meffert will sit idly by and not figure out a way to get his greasy paws in on this? Of course not.
Now how can Meffert possibly get in on this without a legal breach? I would bet through Imagine V.4....Intelliport...a new company recently started by former Imagine/Netmethods employee Scott Domke. My guess is NetMethods will subcontract Intelliport who will employee Meffert. Just a guess.
So here's Nagin's answer to our crime problem...."I'll use the fervor to issue a no-bid contract to my good buddies and call it progress. Everyone will think I'm a genius."
I say we march on that fucker again and demand his arrest along with Meffert, Kurt, Domke, and St. Pierre.
Nagin and Meffert's bullshit already cost us a multi-million dollar grant from the DOJ which would have given us a storm-proof communication system before the storm. He tried to force 2nd party companies to run the contract through Imagine. The companies reported the shennanigans to the DOJ and they yanked the grant back. Ironically enough....he just got an award for his efforts to set up an ad-hoc wifi network during the hurricane.
I think they should both be charged with negligent homicide.