Monday, September 26, 2011

FOIA filed with Office of Small and Local Business Development Concerning Questionable Actions/Procedures in Awarding Joint Venture LSDBE Points to the 2009 Online Gaming Bidders

During the 7 hour joint Council hearing on November 24, 2009 called to order by Chairman Vincent Gray, Committee of the Whole and Chairman Jack Evans, Committee of Finance and Revenue, all joint venture bidders to the online gaming request for proposals were sworn in as witnesses.  After testimony by the winning bidder and losing bidders, the CFO Contracting Officer, Joseph Giddis also testified under oath. 

Although requested by Chairman Gray, no staff representative from the Office of Small and Local Business appeared nor did the Chair of the appointed board appear despite several calls for an appearance made during the seven hour hearing.  One of the major issues pursued during this hearing was to discover what happened within the DC Government entity, Department of Small and Local Business Development concerning all 3 teams’ application for local, small, disadvantaged or LSDBE designation.  There was not a single minute of discussion about Igaming or games of skill such as poker.  The contract was awarded on December 1, 2009 which was the first legislative session after this hearing. 

The FOIA below was filed Friday, September 16, 2011 with Robert Summers, acting FOIA officer according to a telephone call made to this office in the morning.  A copy was also send to Harold Pettigrew the Director of this office.  The FOIA officer’s position is vacant. 

Dear Mr. Summers:

Under the DC Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting the following information:

1.  Veterans Service Corporation and Veteran Service Corporation joint Venture with Intralot

A.  NIGP industry classification codes (National Institute of Governmental Purchasings Commodity Services Code) or codes relating to industry for all registration periods after 2007 to present claimed by both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot. 
B.  The documents which support the award of NIGP industry classification codes for both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.
C.  All information supporting certification in any class such as disadvantaged, small business and local business from 2007 to the present for both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.
D.  Documents used to support ownership structure from 2006 to the present for both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.
E.  Documents used to support joint venture between Intralot and VSC from January 2009 to the present for both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.
F.  Documents supporting recertification in 2009 and 2011 for both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot. 
G.  All employment verification of Rebecca Mattingly by both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.
H.  At the November 24, 2009 Joint City Council hearing at 4 hours and 22 minutes, CM Catania was told by Emmanuel Bailey, who is a principal officer of VSC, that an executed joint venture had been signed between VSC and Intralot as of the hearing date.   
I.  On November 24, 2009 Mr. Emmanuel Bailey stated that VSC would employ 71% of its employees from DC.  All documents which pertain to their promise concerning DC employment by both Veteran Service Corporation and joint venture of Veterans Service Corporation and Intralot.

2.  DC09 and Joint Venture with Intralot (Note: DC09 according to DCRA was incorporated in the District of Columbia on March 29, 2010)

A.  NIGP industry classification codes (National Institute of Governmental Purchasings Commodity Services Code) or industry for all registration periods after January 2010 to present claimed for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot. 
B.  The documents which support the award of Industry classification codes for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.
C.  All information supporting certification in any class such as disadvantaged, small business and local business from January 2010 to the present for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.
D.  Documents used to support ownership structure from January 2010 or prior to January 2010 (from November 24, 2009) to the present for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.
E.  Documents used to support joint venture between Intralot and DC09 from January 2010 to the present for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.
F.  Documents supporting recertification in 2011 if required for both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot. 
G.  All employment verification of Rebecca Mattingly by both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.
H.  At the November 24, 2009 Joint City Council hearing at 4 hours and 22 minutes, CM Catania was told by Emmanuel Bailey, that an executed joint venture had been signed between DC09 or possibly VSC and Intralot as of the hearing date.  All documents verifying this joint venture and certification received by this office. 
I.  On November 24, 2009 Mr. Emmanuel Bailey stated that DC09 or possibly VSC would employ 71% of its employees from DC.  All documents which pertain to their promise concerning DC employment by both DC09 and joint venture of DC09 and Intralot.


3.  Joint Venture between GTECH and Patton/Green/Woodson/Wiggins and Digidocs 

On November 24, 2009, testimony was given before the DC City Council at  a Joint Hearing Chaired by Chairman Gray and Committee Chair Jack Evans by Doug Patton, attorney; Roderick Woodson, attorney and William Rye, Williams and Connelly concerning their experience trying to attain LSDBE certification.  Significant dates concerning their issues on the City Council hearing tape are June 26, July 16, August 3, October 13, October 27 and November 10. 

A.  All documents, decisions, electronic messages concerning the lack of award of any points to the above entities—GTECH, Patton, Green, Woodson, Wiggins, Digidocs and minutes, notes or electronic communications concerning the significant dates above.  The archived City Council meeting tape was on November 24, 2009 and the portion outlining the actions of the both the staff and board is contained in the first two hours and ten minutes. 
B.  NIGP industry classification codes (National Institute of Governmental Purchasings Commodity Services Code) or codes relating to industry for the registration period for 2009
C.  The documents which support or did not support the award of Industry (NIGP) classification codes.
D.  All information supporting or not supporting certification in any class such as disadvantaged, small business and local business from 2009 through 2010
E.  Documents used to support or not support ownership structure in 2009 and 2010
F.  Documents used to support or not support joint venture between GTECH and Patton/Green/Woodson/Wiggins and Digidocs. 

4.  Metropolitan Gaming and the Joint Venture of Metropolitan Gaming and Scientific Games

A.  NIGP industry classification codes (National Institute of Governmental Purchasings Commodity Services Code) or codes relating to industry for all registration periods after 2008 to present both for Metropolitan Gaming and the Joint Venture of Metropolitan Gaming and Scientific Games
B.  The documents which support the award of Industry classification codes both for Metropolitan Gaming and the Joint Venture of Metropolitan Gaming and Scientific Games from 2008 to 2010
C.  All information supporting certification in any class such as disadvantaged, small business and local business from 2008 through 2011 both for Metropolitan Gaming and the Joint Venture of Metropolitan Gaming and Scientific Games
D.  Documents used to support ownership structure from January 2009 to the present both for Metropolitan Gaming and the Joint Venture of Metropolitan Gaming and Scientific Games
E.  Documents supporting recertification of Metropolitan Gaming between 2009 and 2011. 

I am a citizen activist and am not doing this for any commercial use.  I am asking for a wavier of all fees. 

Should you have any questions, I can be reached on 202-xxx-xxxx. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Marie Drissel

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