..and there's another Texas company benefitting from Nagin's generosity...but first
We now have word that the FBI is conducting some sort of investigation into the business operations of HSOA (Home Solutions of America), the company which landed a series of multi-million dollar contracts from the Nagin Administration including the mysterious Pirate's Alley sidewalk renovation contract....no one seems to know how or when it was bid.
Bayou Buzz's glowing review of Pirate's Alley renovation
i guess this is the mysterious $7million french quarter sidewalk contract. i still havent heard back from the city about how this job was bid. i have been unable to find any documentation about this contract. ....also, homesolutions/associated contractors made an sec filing friday saying among other things that they missed their quarterly $2million credit facility payment. does the city condone doing business with deadbeats? is this the payment for last years chicago/las vegas trip?
new 8k from hsoa today. sewell states his case and is working with the fbi. oy vey.
Sewell's letter to the HSOA Board spelling out Frank Fradella's illicit activity
Nagin and Fradella cut the pirates ally ribbon together last week. good job ray.
The question is does the investigation have anything to do with Nagin and the City of N.O? My ears are perked.
Now...on to this Dallas based company: ACS
Does anyone remember when our new Inspector General called into question the city's current 311 phone system contract? The 311 system is designed to answer basic government questions as per city maintenance, parking, etc. Apparently the technology needed to accomplish this system isn't all that complicated and city council actually had a working solution ready to go using their existing infrastructure.
Curiously, Nagin decided it would be better to spend upwards of 3 million dollars with ACS to do the job. It prompted Cerasoli's comment, " I wish I had one of those 140k phone operator's jobs."
Well he may want to revise that amount by a multiple of 8 to 10. The 3 million dollars is apparently just for the first year and the contract is written over a 72 month period coming to a possible whopping estimated total of 32.4 million.
Now forgive me, but 32.4 million is a buttload of cash for a service which is not really that complicated. The interoperability grant which the DOJ was going to give us (Before Muppet scuttled it) was only for 7 million and that is really complicated stuff compared to this bullshit.
And here's an idea Ray...why not pay a local web design firm 30 to 50 k to update your deadbeat website which would serve the same purpose as the 32.4 million dollar 311 system? Or does that make too much sense?
I think we can now safely say that our homeboy Mayor has pushed over 100 million greenbacks to Texas based companies since the storm. I wonder where he's headed after his term is up? hmmmm.