Zombiewire is abuzz. Some schnizzelwizzel may go down on this All Hallow's Eve...or rather the Eve before All Hallow's Eve. Maybe not what you're expecting, but spooky nonetheless. I'm spookulating myself...
Nagin might have violated City Charter, Head and Midura charge
Does anyone even care anymore? If that headline read, "Nagin adheres to City Charter", it would have been front page news. Can you imagine?
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Cary Grant apologized for the lack of notification but said the budget shortfall "came on us suddenly."
Suddenly? Yeah. How did we suddenly spend 10 million bucks?
Hey, I bet I know where $450,000 of it went....to yet another City IT contractor.
So I've got an idea on how to make back that 10 million and maybe more. The city should incorporate itself as the de facto standard for municipal IT service consulting. I think we've hired every firm in the country from Colorado to D.C. We should know everything there is to know about municipal IT services at this point, considering we've paid more for them than any city in history.
It's like we went into a brothel and said, "What the hell....let's do the smorgasbord!" Sadly, I think we're going to wake up broke, hungover, and wondering what the hell we were thinking. Maybe we can get Meffert to put it on Netmethod's credit card.
I'm not criticizing this new company, Telecommunications Development Corp. I don't know anything about them. But I do know we are apparently paying them for some pretty familiar services:
- Mainframe and System Migration
- System Architectural Design, Implementation and Maintenance
- Database Support
- Application Development
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
- Lagan Software Development and Implementation
- Training and Technical Support
- Capital Projects
- 311 Call Center
- Financial Infrastructure
All under the guise of "various Citywide Technology initiatives". Forgive me if I'm a little confused but haven't we already paid for the 311 service like two or three times? Wasn't that Ciber's gig?
And if I'm not mistaken, aren't we paying MSF for most of these services under another contract or am I confused on "various initiatives"?
Seriously...I'm not trying to be a dick...I mean don't get me wrong, I can be a dick...but I'm not right now. What the heck is this contract for? Are we replacing one of our current vendors? Are we supplementing one of our current vendors because they couldn't handle all the requirements? Why did we just pay Ciber an extra 6 million bucks?
Lagan seems to be a full service municipal software solution and I guess TDC is the service company for it....but what happened to all the shit we already paid for? In particular the 311 system?
I think maybe we should just forgo the Jetsons and revert back to the Flintstones. These Spacely Space Cogs are gonna break us.
UPDATE: I'm now being told that this contract is just for 2009 and it will shoot up to between $5 and $7 million in 2010. If there is a councilperson reading this, we need to find out what is going on here because it seems to me we're paying multiple companies for similar services. I may be wrong, but we deserve an explanation.