Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 002
Thursday, September 1, 2011

STATEMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER CAROLE POST ON DOI SUBSTANTIATION OF FORGERY BY CITY-CONTRACTED SOFTWARE COMPANY EMPLOYEE


“When DoITT conducted a top-to-bottom agency review in January 2010, among its primary findings was the need for greater vendor accountability.  Since that time, we’ve worked to aggressively implement a vendor management program with appropriate policies, procedures, and standards to ensure close tracking of the external IT expertise sometimes required on City technology initiatives.


“In this case, when we identified potentially fraudulent activity, we immediately referred it to the Department of Investigation, and worked closely with them to develop a recommendation for an independent monitor, at the vendor’s expense, to oversee and review the vendor’s engagement with DoITT.  While these were the actions of an individual, exacerbated by insufficient managerial oversight, they are now rightly exposed to the full light of public scrutiny.  This should serve as clear indication to all New York City’s vendors that we’ll continue to demand the highest standards of integrity when committing taxpayer dollars to technology programs.


“I would also like to commend DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and her staff for their continued and outstanding investigative efforts in this matter.”
 

CONTACT:
Nicholas Sbordone (DoITT) – 212-788-6602