Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Extend a No Bid Contract for Almost Six Months Under the Radar AFTER IT EXPIRED

As noted previously, the Airport is evaluating RFPs for Airport advertising.  Emagination Unlimited was given the contract without bid three years ago by the Hayward Administration.  Over that time the Hayward administration has installed a Marketing Manager whose most relevant previous experience was manning the customer service line at the local air conditioning contractor.

In typical Hayward insider dealing, the three year contract with Emagination expired in March 2016.

Was a new RFP issued?  No!

When someone finally realized that the three contract expired, on JULY 1, 2016 Airport Director Dan Flynn sent Mayor Ashton Hayward a memo stating:

  • "Emagination Unlimited has been the contractor since March 2013"
  • "The current contract has expired and staff is preparing to solicit proposals via a publicly advertised Request for Proposals"
  • "It is necessary to continue the current contractor on a month-to-month basis during the RFP period to ensure the availability of required services."
That was July 1, 2016.

So a month later on August 5, 2016, the City signed a month to month contract with Emagination Unlimited retroactive to March 29, 2016.

  • How can a Airport Marketing Manager that only manages one contract allow that contract to EXPIRE and not recognize the expiration until three months later?
  • How did bills submitted by Emagination Unlimited get paid between the contract expiration in March 29, 2016 and the month to month contract in August 2016?
  • How does a retroactive contract work exactly?  Is that legal?
  • Since Emagination did not have a valid contract with the City for 6 months, was it falsely representing itself as the City's marketing and advertising contractor during that period?
Mr. Barker, how is this in compliance with internal controls?

Junior varsity financial operations folks!  After all it's not their money!

This kind of contract shenanigans doesn't happen unless the "relationship" with the contractor is ultra cozy!


Anonymous said...

Just another day in The CORR-UP-T Side of Florida! What a legacy Trashton is leaving. Godfather Kerrigan must be so proud. I only hope that if he runs for reelection people won't be foolish enough to drink the Kool Aid a third time. If so, Pensacola will be getting exactly what it deserves!

Anonymous said...

That special snowflake is just not that bright. But since she knows the right people, she doesn't have to be.

Anonymous said...

Hayward had every intention of getting rid of "Dicky Boy" until he discovered how corruptly likeminded they are. It's like when the Joker wanted to get rid of the Riddler before they realized what an awesome crime duo they make. Then there's Olson aka Two-face and of course Rusty Wells as the Penguin. Where's Batman already? He's the only one who can save Pensacola from these wicked cartoon characters!