Monthly Archives: December 2012

Former Philadelphia School Superintendent Ackerman Directed Award of No-Bid Contract

December 27th, 2012 (No Comments)

According to a recent Inquirer article, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has concluded that former Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman directed Philadelphia School District staff to award a controversial $7.5 million no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a small minority-owned firm in 2010.  The Philadelphia Inquirer article reporting the SRC’s conclusion can be found […]

City of Phila. Contractors Pay $400K To Settle Alleged Violations of M/W/DSBE Contracting Requirements

December 18th, 2012 (No Comments)

The City of Philadelphia has once again taken enforcement action in connection with its M/W/DSBE contracting requirements. Under a no-fault settlement agreement signed with the City on December 13, 2012, two City contractors, Aramark Correctional Services and Strother Enterprises, Inc., have agreed to pay a total of $400,000 to settle the City’s claim that the […]

Public Bidding 101: Rejection of All Bids

December 11th, 2012 (No Comments)

This post is another in a continuing series on the basic tenets of public bidding in Pennsylvania. The subject of today’s post concerns the rejection of all bids by the public entity. There are many times that a public entity solicits bids, only to reject all of the bids and conduct a re-bidding.  The reasons […]

PennDOT Adjusts Procedures for Counting DBE Suppliers

December 4th, 2012 (No Comments)

Effective November 15, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced in a recent Bulletin on its ECMS website that it was adjusting its procedures for counting DBE suppliers in response to federal guidance. Under the new procedures, in order for a DBE firm to receive regular dealer (60%) credit for materials supplied on a federally-assisted transportation project, […]