More than two dozen consultants in the Baltimore mayor’s information technology office work for a Rockville company that sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of phone-related equipment to the office under a no-bid contract.
City Comptroller Joan Pratt raised concerns Wednesday about the purchase of more than $650,000 in equipment from Digicon Corp. because of the number of company employees working in the technology office. The mayor’s spokesman says the office has a standing contract with Digicon that allows purchases without bidding.
Pratt says the mayor is trying to take the project from Pratt’s office and avoid competitive bidding requirements — at taxpayers’ expense.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake demanded an apology, saying the transactions were proper.