WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)- D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray stood in front of the near $1 billion City Center development Wednesday to announce he is proposing reforms to weed out businesses who cheat to get in on the D.C.government's multibillion dollar contracting business.
Norman Jones was brought out as example of how the Small and Local Business Development Office should work. Jones has a contract at City Center to install the glass windows. He has teamed with a major company which helps him with his books, payroll, management etc. Jones says his business, in but a few years, has gone from zero in revenues to $50 million.
Mayor Gray's proposals if approved by the D.C. Council will increase the staff at the small business office as well as give the office enforcement powers when "pass through" schemes are uncovered. This is when the small company is merely a front for a larger firm seeking city business.
D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange wants the toughest measures including authority to expel firms from doing city business. He'll hold hearings on Thursday.