One of Meffert's boys responded to the matter of the DOJ grant. For a little background on the matter, I have blogged on this a couple of times, but let me brief you on what the accusations were.
In 2003 the Department of Justice approached the city with a 7 million dollar grant to build out a hurricane proof communication system in the city. According to PBS' Frontline, the contract was highly lucrative and a number of national companies lobbied Nagin's office to get the bid....but somehow the contract got "stalled". I have received numerous reports that the reason it was stalled was because Meffert was trying to force the potential contracters to use Imagine in the process. The DOJ subsequently pulled the grant after receiving reports of Meffert's attempts to get Imagine in on the contract.
Here is the response from Meffert's guy:
I was in the meeting when this grant was discussed. A gentleman, who will remain anon, was selling a solution for $7,000,000 that would allegedly interconnect agencies, by the way using land lines to provide connectivity which all failed during the storm. The city hired Bearing Point to evaluate the solution and determined it to be vapor-ware, or a non-existent solution. Also, they determined that the individuals, not Meffert or his boys, who were writing the RFP were actually responding to it. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that is illegal. Meffert's boys had no solution to the interconnect problem, so how could they receive a kick back? Also, how does Meffert have blood on his hands? Correct me if I am wrong again, but I do believe the DOJ grant was the responsibility of the Office of Homeland Security. If anyone is to blame, its them for not taking the correct steps to provide reliable communications during Katrina.
Your statement above holds no water, because "Meffert's boys" played no role in determining how the funding was spent. No money was EVER kicked back to them. Please get your facts right.
If you have info to the contrary please post it.
Meffert and his boys originally had no solution for anything they got contracts for from the city wi-fi to crime cameras. Imagine was a "software" company, not networking, not IT infrastructure. That never seemed to matter.
Also the allegation wasn't that they did recieve kickbacks or got sub-contracted....the allegation was that their attempt to do so scuttled the grant from the DOJ.
But let me get this right ANON...because it seems to me you are making one hell of an allegation. By saying that the individuals who were writing the RFP were the same ones responding to it....Who wrote the RFP? Are you suggesting that the DOJ was attempting to funnel money to a specific contractor? Yeah that is illegal.....so tell us who was attempting to commit the crime, because from this post it would appear to me you are suggesting the DOJ was complicit. Who issued the RFP for the city if not Meffert?
I want to make one thing clear....I've never met Meffert or any of the people surrounding him. Nothing I've blogged about these guys is "personal". I have withheld story after story I've received about their personal lives...I'm not interested in that and I've repeatedly stated that on this blog. I am only interested in exposing corruption within our city government.
So do tell....who issued the RFP and who are you accusing? As I see it you are implying that either the DOJ or DHS is guilty of attempting to kickback this contract. That's one hell of an accusation.