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
Ron Norris--Managing Partner
Royce D. Banks
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
WHY ISN'T LSI LISTED ON THEIR WEBSITE AS A PARTNER?
Rpn Norris article on crime cameras acting on behalf of his company Technology Consortium Group (TCG):