Robinson provided the authority with about 20 Spanish-language newspaper recruitment ads and a 2005 human resources policy manual, according to work records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
But the manual never went anywhere.
“This manual was not adopted because it was never brought to senior management for approval,” said authority spokesman David Mould. “You’ve got to have the sign-off before you can implement something.”
Robinson said in an interview this year that Thompson translated copy from English to Spanish and “did demographics.” Williams worked on a customer service project and employment media buys, created sample retirement brochures and produced ad templates for various media outlets, according to the dozens of invoices submitted by Robinson for payment.
A 2005 internal authority compliance audit, obtained by The Post, found “no evidence that efforts were made to provide for competition, that market research was conducted or that efforts were made to produce a future competitive package for recurring items” as required in the contracting manual. Instead, the agency continued to increase the value of PJ’s Pen contract, according to authority records.
Lynn Hampton, who was the authority’s chief financial officer at the time, said she never asked about the work that was performed.
“Arl Williams would say the PJ’s Pen contract was important,” Hampton recalled. “When you’re the CFO, you don’t go back and judge the work of others. You assume when someone signs off, it was done properly.”
Margaret McKeough, the authority’s chief operating officer since 2004 and Williams’s boss, said Williams was responsible for ensuring that the authority got its money’s worth.
“He did report to me, but Arl Williams had total control over the contracts and any work that was performed,” McKeough said. “I asked the vice president what the firm did for us, and I was told editorial services. I trusted the response I got.”
Williams, 68, defended his wife and daughter, saying that they earned the money they received.
“Paulette picked Anne because of the work Anne has done for her and continues to do for her,” he said. “And when we shifted to bilingual ads, it was perfect for my wife.”
Williams left the agency in November after the federal inspector general’s review found that he had violated the ethics code by indirectly supervising family members and denying that he had relatives working for the authority.
Williams said he recommended Brown as a subcontractor after “he did some training for me.” Brown became a subcontractor in April 2008, collecting nearly $40,000 over a 16-month period for research and guidance and to conduct workshops, records show. The authority could not provide documents showing any workshops that Brown conducted or any research he did as a subcontractor.