Dunbar’s First Reform Measure Strikes Back Against Pay-to-Play State Contracts
Rep. George Dunbar’s (R-Westmoreland) first piece of reform legislation (House Bill 107) to end the practice of pay-to-play-politics in the state contracting procurement process unanimously cleared the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee today and now moves on to the House floor for consideration.
“This legislation is a direct answer to eight years of allegations concerning back-door, pay-to-play politics from Pennsylvania taxpayers and job creators who have legitimately questioned the integrity regarding the slew of multi-million dollar, no-bid state contracts entered into by the Rendell administration,” said Dunbar, a certified public accountant, businessman, former Penn Township Supervisor and now House State Government Committee member. “House Bill 107 is specifically aimed at making the entire state contracting process more accountable, saving taxpayer dollars and making the activities of the executive branch absolutely transparent.”
Enacted in the form of an amendment to House Bill 2149 with unanimous bipartisan support during the 2009-10 legislative session, Dunbar’s legislation would strictly prohibit any state employee from evaluating any state contract proposal submitted by a former employer, less than two years following the date of the state employee’s termination with the former employer.
Frequent use of settlement agreements instead of contracts; a no-bid legal contingency fee contract with a Texas law firm; legal service contracts, revisions and extensions with Ballard Spahr, Deloitte LLP and the extension of a Unisys contract are just some of the highly questionable procurement activities by the Rendell administration that triggered the reintroduction of this reform legislation.
“House Bill 107 will prevent anyone from coming to work for state government and rewarding their former boss with a multi-million dollar contract paid for by you, the taxpayer—strictly on the basis of political favoritism,” said Dunbar. “Put simply, this legislation will bring a long overdue end to this blatant, unethical conflict of interest where back-room, pay-to-play politics generates countless overpriced and uncompetitive state contracts.”
House Bill 107 is expected to receive full House consideration over the next several days. For the latest legislative updates, visit RepDunbar.com or Facebook.com/RepDunbar.
State Representative George Dunbar
56th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin