ISU: Skirting the law?

By:  Diane Benjamin

Below are three contracts between ISU and the same Law Firm.  All cover the same time period.  All are for services not to exceed $19,999.  The only difference is the scope of the work to be performed.

See this link for 2016 Expenditures Guidelines:  http://purchasing.illinoisstate.edu/  Yes, the contracts are from 2014 – but the law was in effect then too.

Spending $20,000 requires more paperwork than spending $19,999.  Since taxpayer money is being spent, the LAW is meant to protect us.

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Did ISU circumvent procurement laws to avoid transparency?

What does it say about the law firm that played along?

How many other contracts have been written for $19,999?

Stay tuned.

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Drinker, Biddle, & Reath B146419  7/1/13 – 6/30/14  Research and Sponsored Programs Licensing

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Drinker, Biddle, & Reath B146420  Also for 7/1/13 – 6/30/14  Research and Sponsored Programs Patent Work

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Drinker, Biddle, & Reath B146425 Also for 7/1/13 – 6/30/14 CIRBN Project Work

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Comments

  1. …why does this not surprise me. No time for a bid? I am certain that someone will provide a logical explanation…some super special loophole or policy.

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  2. Old adage: If someone wants to steal money bad enough, they will find a way.

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  3. The City did a similar thing with the funding of an EAC program at the 4/11/16 meeting.

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  4. The contracts begin with the new fiscal year. They are for specific projects/purposes and set a limit on the spending for each.
    I wish the federal and state governments would put limits on their spending and dtop going beyond their intended role and scope.

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