Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco

Significant Activity Report:United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed thedistrict court’s rulings in the case of United States v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). The appellants, Guy Potter and … [Read More…]

OIG Publishes Follow-Up Report on City’s Emergency Contracting Practices

On March 28, 2013, OIG published a six-month follow-up report of the City’s Emergency Contracting practices. The original report can be found here.

OIG Finds Waste in City’s Emergency Contracting Practices

  OIG has published a report on the Chicago Department of Procurement’s (DPS) emergency contracting process. The report details how DPS awarded a series of emergency contracts from March 2010 through April 2011 contrary to its own internal emergency procurement policies. Specifically, DPS awarded a supplier ten separate unadvertised emergency contracts for concrete sewer pipes … [Read More…]

OIG Statement Regarding City’s Settlement With Allied Waste Transportation, Inc.

The City of Chicago settled civil claims with Allied Waste Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Services, Inc, related to Allied’s long-running violations of Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) provisions in Allied’s waste hauling contracts with the City. The OIG offered a statement on the settlement. It is  available via downloadable PDF … [Read More…]

PBC Response to OIG Report on MWBE Participation on PBC Projects

On June 20, 2011 OIG received a response from the Public Building Commission (PBC) regarding OIG’s June 15, 2011 report on MWBE participation on PBC projects that were completed in 2009. In the response, PBC took issue with several of our findings. PBC’s main points were: OIG does not have access to documents on City-funded … [Read More…]

Review of MWBE Participation on PBC Projects Completed in 2009

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) participation on Public Building Commission (PBC) administered construction projects. OIG reviewed 15 PBC projects either fully or substantially completed in 2009 to calculate actual MWBE utilization and compare it with MWBE participation statistics reported by PBC. … [Read More…]

Follow Up Review of the MWBE Program

OIG released a follow up review of the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. This follow-up report details changes in the program over the past year, the challenges the program still faces, and recommendations for the new administration and City Council to consider in rebuilding the program to make it function effectively.  We … [Read More…]

MWBE Compliance Summaries for DHED Funded Projects

While the City places minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) requirements on contracts administered by the Department of Procurement Services (DPS), it also puts these requirements on construction projects that receive support from the Department of Housing and Economic Development. This support often takes the form of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidies, but also may … [Read More…]

Former Executive Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the City in Bid-Rigging Attempt

The former president of a Schaumburg based business admitted in federal court today to participating in a scheme to win a City contract using fraudulent documents and inflated bids. Douglas E. Ritter was to go on trial later this month, along with co-defendant Steven Fenzl, for multiple charges outlined in an April 2009 indictment. The … [Read More…]

Review of the MWBE Program

Following numerous investigations uncovering fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, the Inspector General’s Office (OIG) conducted a program review to analyze the effectiveness of program administration and how actual participation in the program compares to statistics reported to the City Council and the public.