This post comes to us courtesy of Jason Mercier at the Washington Policy Center, who is ever-vigilant when it comes to state contracts, especially those for which there is no competition.
Former state Rep. Bill Fromhold, D-Vanvouver, is getting a $69,000 contract to do some work for state schools that only he can do. Why else would it be a sole source contract?
STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
SOLE SOURCE ADVERTISEMENT
Legislation was enacted in 2009 (ESHB 2261) that identifies a framework and timeline for developing and implementing a new financing method for schools that meet the constitutional requirements of the state. As a result, OSPI contemplates awarding a sole source contract to Capitol Solutions for a 12-month period to provide expert legislative assistance regarding state and federal legislation affecting OSPI in such key areas as education, financial resources, and budget development in both the capital and operating budget arenas.
Mr. Bill Fromhold, dba, Capitol Solutions, has the necessary expertise to assist OSPI with the time-sensitive and complex work required as a result of ESHB 2261.
He has served as the Chair of the House Capital Facilities Committee and Operating Budget Vice-Chair. He is a former banker specializing in school construction debt financing and also served as an Educational Service District Superintendent. With this experience, he brings significant expertise and understands and can work with multiple stakeholders with diverse interests which is crucial in order for these services to be provided. The combination of his private sector experience, time as an elected official and as an educational executive give him the extensive background, knowledge and professional judgment that OSPI feels is unmatched for the specialized services required.
The contract will be issued on or about September 9, 2009. Expected contract amount is $69,000.
Offerors contemplating the above requirements are required to submit capability statements detailing their ability to meet the state’s requirements within five (5) business days of this announcement. In the absence of other qualified sources, it is OSPI’s intent to make a sole source award of the contract.
For more information, contact:
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200