The D.C. Lottery Board has voted to pay former City Council chairman Sterling Tucker up to $100,000 for "management services" in the coming year, according to Douglass W. Gordon, executive director of the lottery.
In a special meeting on March 24 called specifically to award the contract, the five-member lottery board voted unanimously to select Tucker from a field of five bidders.
The contract carried no dollar limit or specific responsibilities, Gordon said. Acting upon a motion by board member John W. Posey, the board set a maximum limit of $100,000 for the one-year contract, according to Gordon.
"We can't give you a copy of the contract now," Gordon said. "The work plan is being worked on now. The tasks to be performed are flowing from the general statement."
D.C. Auditor Otis Troupe criticized lottery officials in a 1984 report for awarding two other consulting contracts to Tucker without competition. Those contracts included a $2,500 payment to conduct a weekend retreat for lottery board members and a $24,500 six-month contract for marketing assistance and general advice. Troupe also found that a $45,000 contract Tucker received from the D.C. Public Works Department covered work that city employes should have performed.
In 1985, Tucker received a third noncompetitive contract from the lottery board, for $24,500, to provide advice on marketing and training.
Tucker, a Washington consultant, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Lottery records show the newly approved contract had been set aside for minority-owned firms that are eligible to bid. According to lottery records, the firms that bid on the contract were Sterling Tucker Associates, J.R. Enterprises Inc., Creative Management Basic Inc., Mitchell System Corp. and Pettson Inc.
In the lottery's request for bids, the contract is described as covering a review of board policies, an evaluation of the functions of the board's executive director and senior staff, an evaluation of management policies and developing a lottery "research and training function."
Gordon, who said he is the contract officer on the project, noted that the bids were evaluated by a three-person committee. According to lottery records, the members were Sylvia Kinard, executive assistant to the lottery board, Vivien Cunningham, assistant executive director of the lottery board, and Jack Gloster, deputy director of D.C. Policy and Program Evaluation under the mayor.
The score sheet used by the committee included price and the bidder's education, experience, accomplishments, references, professional affiliations and publications.