This comment came in after an Anon questioned who currently holds the city IT contract:
You are right. Ciber is still in City Hall. There's nothing funny about it. But since you went there....
Ciber is operating under a 5.5 million Technology Services contract awarded in August 2005. This contract was a reward for allowing Meffert's crew to use the Ciber GSA (federal contracting schedule) as a procurement vehicle (no RFP/BID required) in 2004 when the previous Tech RFP was cancelled due to a growing awareness in City Hall that the Meffert crew was secretly steering the contract to Ciber.
Even after the award of the 5.5 million contract to Ciber in 2005, Meffert kept the Imagine Software/Veracent/NetMethods (IVN) group under the Ciber GSA so that they would not appear on the 5.5 million awarded to Ciber. This way no one could call foul because IVN was not on the contract. The GSA was meant to be a "secret" and avoid public scrutiny.
Now fast forward, Benetech is the new favored son (ala plane ride to Saints game in Chicago). Ciber didn't bail on the GSA contract. It was taken and given to Benetech period. It is the GSA contract that is essentially being bidded out now - due to the TP and AZ excellent coverage and unveiling of the GSA no bid contracts and all the patronage and quid pro quo that went with it.
There you go...see nothing funny about raping the City for the last 5 years. It is a serious web of crooks that is using different names, contracts, companies etc. to confuse the average citizen. They read AZ and try to anonymously and discreetly to point out discrepancies as an attempt to discredit every comment posted by AZ and fellow bloggers and take the legs from under the movement to expose their asses.
Which is probably exactly why the previous Anon posted the Ciber question. This is a great comment...I didn't want to post too much about the current state of the city IT contract because I didn't understand what was going on. I knew Benetech got the contract without a bid....but I wasn't sure if Ciber was still involved.
So the IT contract has been put back up for bid in lieu of the TP's coverage of the Benetech no bid contract. Also remember that the whole thing which opened my eyes to Benetech was the new bid for the interoperability communication system which is now apparently coming through DHS. I have no doubt that it will go to Benetech as well.
Also...check this little factoid out that another Anon. uncovered:
The LA secty of state corp database is an interesting read. It lists C Ray at 28 Park Island Drive and newer filings for Meffert list him (and Linda Meffert) at 24 Park Island.
Google maps (highly unscientific and quite possibly suspect) show both addresses pointing to the same house...so are C Ray and Meffert next-door neighbors or is Google correct and they are roomies?
Either way....seems awfully interesting to me
This is really important because it's one more piece of the puzzle which shows that Nagin is not only aware of Meffert's machinations....he's empowering them and is, without question, complicit.