The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for companies to apply for a multimillion-dollar contract to track the progress of the proposed New Orleans Police Department consent decree. The city and the U.S. Department of Justice originally released a request for proposals (RFP) on Sept. 6, setting an Oct. 5 deadline. However, according to court filings, it seems they were unhappy with the responses.
Seven companies applied for the contract — for which Mayor Mitch Landrieu has set aside $2 million in his proposed 2013 budget and is expected to be worth as much as $10 million over the life of the consent decree — the Lens reported. 55 pre-identified likely respondents received a copy of the RFP, but only four of them actually responded.
According to a joint motion for extension filed by the city and the feds filed last week in U.S. District Court, other groups who wished to apply were not aware of the RFP.
Despite widely distributing the RFP and articulating the deadline for proposals, the Parties have learned that some interested entities were unaware that the RFP had been issued. The Parties are concerned that there may be additional entities that may have applied but were unaware that the RFP had been issued. This concern is bolstered by the fact the Parties received only seven applications for Monitor, substantially fewer than have applied to other monitoring requests for proposals, including quite recent ones.
Judge Susie Morgan granted the motion over the weekend, and the new deadline is Nov. 16.