U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan last week allowed the City of New Orleans and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to extend until Nov. 16 the deadline for companies to bid on the multimillion-dollar contract to monitor the progress of the proposed New Orleans Police Department consent decree.
City Hall and the DOJ originally released a request for proposals (RFP) on Sept. 6, setting an Oct. 5 deadline. According to court filings, they were not satisfied with the responses.
Fifty-five pre-identified likely respondents were forwarded the RFP before the deadline, court filings show. Only four of those answered. The online news organization The Lens reported that, in all, seven companies applied for the contract.
According to the joint motion for extension, other groups that wished to apply were not aware of the RFP.
"The Parties are concerned that there may be additional entities that may have applied but were unaware that the RFP had been issued," the motion reads. "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."
The consent decree, which Morgan has not yet finalized, is expected to cost the city $55 million over four to five years. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has set aside $2 million in his proposed 2013 city budget — of $7 million for all 2013 consent decree expenses — to pay a consent decree monitor. City officials estimate that the monitor contract could be worth as much as $10 million over the life of the agreement.
— Charles Maldonado