In the wake of the alleged bribery scam at the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, exposed by federal law enforcement officials last week, we asked the mayor's office the following questions last Thursday:
1. Under the ITSA system, when a project manager selects a contractor for a job, is anyone else at OCTO required to review and/or sign off on the decision? If so, who does so?
2. Does the agency audit the conctracts that are agreed upon by the project managers? If yes, what does the audit look at? How often is an audit conducted?
3. AITC went from a small company with less than $1 million worth of city contracts 5 years ago to a company with contracts worth several million in recent years. Some vendors I have talked to said such a fast growth is unusual and that such growth should have raised alarms inside OCTO. Was AITC ever audited by the agency? If yes, what did the audit find? If no, why not?
4. What checks and balances exist to ensure that project managers do not have a conflict of interest when hiring contractors?
Response from the mayor's spokeswoman Mafara Hobson today: "Because the case is under investigation, AG has advised that I won't be able to respond right now."
Bonus Statement Watch
We asked the mayor's office: Why did the mayor postpone his State of the District speech from today until Thursday?
Response: "Turns out that Thursday works better."