Why? Because it's there.
I am reminded of the reality about government waste inherent when a pile of public cash is dumped on an agency or a jurisdiction with the proviso : "if you don't spend it all, you won't get as much next time." So money gets burned however possible, whether the spending is needed or not.
It's a recipe for massive waste, fraud, and abuse considering the scale of the spending involved.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE COUNSEL TO THE STATE OF DELAWAREThe State of Delaware seeks to engage, on an expedited basis, a law firm to act as counsel in connection with the state’s application for and use of funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The estimated scope of work will be 240 hours to be performed by six attorneys over a one week period of time beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 13, 2009. The final work product requested is a written handbook detailing for the State of Delaware the steps needed to ensure that the state obtains the maximum possible amount of federal funding under the ARRA, and that said funds are used in a legally proper manner.
Law firms seeking this engagement must have been business for at least five years, and must agree to maintain in full force and effect during the term of the contract professional liability insurance in an aggregate amount of at least $2 million.
Law firms seeking this engagement must demonstrate the capacity to perform the scope of services needed by the state within the indicated time frame. Law firms seeking this engagement should also specify any expertise in the area of interpretation of or compliance with federal funding statutes and regulations, and shall specify the names and bar admission years of the attorneys who will be working on this engagement if awarded.
Each law firm seeking this engagement shall identify any potential conflicts of interest that may arise if the firm is retained for the indicated purpose.
Each law firm seeking this engagement shall submit a flat-fee offer with respect to the work indicated. Said flat fee shall not exceed $60,000, excluding out-of-pocket costs.
Law firm selection will be made based upon the following criteria:
- Firm’s ability to comply with minimum requirements outlined above.
- Experience of attorneys who will be performing requested work.
- Absence of conflicts or satisfactory resolution of any existing conflicts.
Submissions should be made by e-mail no later than noon, March 12, 2009 to:Robert L. ScogliettiDirector of Policy and External AffairsDelaware Office of Management and Budget