Luckily, City Hall eventually rejected the Custom Computer Specialists contract, but the same lack of transparency persists -- with the same educrats in charge, including David Ross, head of contracts at DOE for the last eleven years.
Below is a letter Helen wrote Ray Orlando, CFO of DOE, last week. During the Nov. 19 PEP meeting, they will vote on a $105 M no-bid contract for Apple computers and some high-priced consulting contracts. Every month, numerous preK contracts are approved, with little or no information provided in advance. After she sent this letter, the approval of some potentially huge technology contracts, including a mysterious new data system called TAARIS and the possible replacement for the Custom Computer Specialists contract, was shifted from from the November meeting to the December meeting, as usual with no information about the potential cost or vendors provided. None of this inspires confidence in the integrity and the rationality of the process.