Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Set up.....like a Bowlin' Pin....

New Orleans technology chief faces more criticism

Poor Anthony.....I wish your mama would have told ya....if something seems to good to be true, it usually is. 160k administrative position without a college degree, in all fairness it would have been hard for anyone to turn down...but you really should have taken a long, hard look at who was extending that offer and why.

Last week, when the city's independent inspector general alleged years of questionable contracting and $4 million in overpayments for an often-inoperable network of crime cameras, Mayor Ray Nagin's administration released its own audit of the camera program. It focused almost entirely on the last two years of the project, when Jones was interim chief technology officer.

Gee....I wonder why it was limited to Jones tenure? The contract was fucked way before they dangled that 160k carrot in front of him. You've got a totally fucked up contract which began way before Jones took the position...but you decide to just investigate the matter from when Jones took it over...odd, no?

In another section, the audit blames LSI for failing to disclose a joint venture it had with Technology Consortium Group LLC, which provided Norris as a manager in Jones' office on a contract basis. The audit says the city was unaware of the joint venture when Jones tapped Norris to oversee LSI's work, creating a conflict.

Who is Technology Consortium Group? Hard to tell since their website is just a .gif:






A quick google search on the New Orleans address turned up a contracting/construction company called Disaster 24 Seven. Could be a fly by night contractor who is long since gone....but it's interesting that these guys are a technology consulting company and they can't build a fucking website.

After LSI installed the cameras, Jones turned network-connection work over to Ciber, a Colorado firm, by executing change orders in an unrelated contract. The audit notes that Ciber also had Technology Consortium Group as a subcontractor, meaning Norris and others worked on both LSI's and Ciber's parts of the project, something Perryman said his company was not aware of.

This thing stinks to high heaven. What needs to happen is that all payments to Ciber should be frozen...period. Everything....the city website....everything. They have their hands in every fucked up technology contract we've issued from Muppet though Jones.

Incidentally, did I mention that Muppet's 1st CTO replacement and Imagine crony, Mark Curt, now works for Ciber? Did I mention that Ciber was a security contractor for Diebold? Did I mention I'm curious what kind of voting machines were used in the satellite locations during the last mayoral election and if those votes have been audited per precinct? Did I mention that Ciber is doing business as "City of New Orleans"? Did I mention that Ciber is a really stupid, fucking name to call a company?

Anthony...buddy...I want to help you help yourself. If you haven't already figured this out...Dip into your wallet... take a few dollars out of that fat ass salary....get yourself a good lawyer....and you two go have a cup of joe with Jimmy Letten. I'm sure he'd be all ears.

Update: Ah...anon confirms my suspicions that LSI was brought in by Ciber -

Let me fill you in on The Technology Consortium Group LLC.

They are based in Chicago (1727 South Indiana, Suite GO4, Chicago, Illinois 60697)(Phone Number 312-212-1650) and they have offices in New Orleans & Atlanta. Also located at 805 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Current Owners/Employees:
Joe Sharron--President
Ron Norris--Managing Partner
Royce D. Banks
Leroy Brown
Lester McCarroll, Jr. former Managing Partner 2003-2007 (No longer with the company)



Who did they contribute money too.....hmmmm http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/elections/content/donations.html

Who are their clients:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
Chicago Tranis Authority (CTA)
Cook County State's Attorney
CIBER
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CIBER
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Rentokil

WHY ISN'T LSI LISTED ON THEIR WEBSITE AS A PARTNER?
http://www.cityofno.com/Portals/PublicAdvocacy/Resources/Review%20of%20Crime%20Camera%20Program.pdf

Rpn Norris article on crime cameras acting on behalf of his company Technology Consortium Group (TCG):
http://www.firetide.com/assets/0/112/138/C8FF250D-AEC9-4E46-864C-F6223DAB98B0.pdf

7 comments:

Red said...

"go have a cup of joe with Jimmy Letten. I'm sure he'd be all ears."

THIS is my daily prayer... He needs to sing like Aretha Franklin. He needs to make Pampy look like an amateur from American Idol.

Start warming up your voice Mr. Jones. The city is waiting with bated breath for your performance.

Anonymous said...

Let me fill you in on The Technology Consortium Group LLC.

They are based in Chicago (1727 South Indiana, Suite GO4, Chicago, Illinois 60697)(Phone Number 312-212-1650) and they have offices in New Orleans & Atlanta. Also located at 805 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Current Owners/Employees:
Joe Sharron--President
Ron Norris--Managing Partner
Royce D. Banks
Leroy Brown
Lester McCarroll, Jr. former Managing Partner 2003-2007 (No longer with the company)



Who did they contribute money too.....hmmmm http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/elections/content/donations.html

Who are their clients:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
Chicago Tranis Authority (CTA)
Cook County State's Attorney
CIBER
CIBER
CIBER
CIBER
CIBER
Rentokil

WHY ISN'T LSI LISTED ON THEIR WEBSITE AS A PARTNER?
http://www.cityofno.com/Portals/PublicAdvocacy/Resources/Review%20of%20Crime%20Camera%20Program.pdf

Rpn Norris article on crime cameras acting on behalf of his company Technology Consortium Group (TCG):
http://www.firetide.com/assets/0/112/138/C8FF250D-AEC9-4E46-864C-F6223DAB98B0.pdf

Anonymous said...

THE TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM GROUP LLC File Number 00953628

Owners per Illinois Sec. of State:
1. BANKS, ROYCE 1727 S. INDIANA AVE,STE G04, CHICAGO, IL - 60616

2. DATA MANAGEMENT GROUP 1727 S. INDIANA AVE, STE G04, CHICAGO, IL - 60616

Who owns DATA MANAGEMENT GROUP INC:
Ronald Norris, 1727 S. Indiana, Suite G04, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Civitch said...

Anon - you mention these names like they should be ringing some bells. Who are these guys? What else are they involved in?

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is the blog to follow!! See you again tomorrow. Good job.

KamaAina said...

Breaking: FBI raids chief technology officer's office!

Oh, wait a minute, that was in Washington, D.C. What could he possibly have done to get raided first?!

Anonymous said...

Re: *this*:
"Who are their clients:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
Chicago Tranis Authority (CTA)
Cook County State's Attorney"

Did anyone notice *this*?
>"During an appearance on WVUE-TV, Nagin also said that at a recent meeting of U.S. mayors, he chatted about crime cameras with Chicago's Richard Daley: "I was just in Washington and Mayor Daley came up to me and he said, 'Look, I like these crime cameras you guys are doing in New Orleans. They're cheaper than hiring more police officers and we're going to do them in a big way in Chicago.'"<

http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1236407406325280.xml&coll=1

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29623044/