Brad Lander, the comptroller of New York City, rejected the city's no-bid $432 million contract with medical services provider DocGo on Wednesday, citing the firm's lack of experience and other issues.
The comptroller of New York City explained his judgment to Jamie DeLine and noted that it is extremely uncommon for his office to deny contracts.
Lander went on to say that there is "little evidence" that DocGo, formerly Rapid Reliable Testing NY LLC, had the expertise required to offer lodging, transportation, and even social assistance to the thousands of migrants that flood the city each month. Aside from that, Lander mentioned earlier allegations of potential "inflation of the company's financial value, interference with law enforcement, and workplace violations."
The Emergency Contract Offered Credibility On A Wider Scale
Lander's remarks follow reports that DocGo was trying to leverage the New York City contract into a $4 billion government job. CEO Anthony Capone boasted that the emergency contract offered the company "credibility" on a wider scale. In his refusal, Lander noted Capone's remarks, including the CEO's "high degree of confidence" that the migration issue will increase future sales.
Emergency Contracts Have Been Employed Deliberately In The Previous Year
In response to the most recent audit from the Department of State, DocGo stated that it has initiated an investigation and will take prompt corrective action should the findings be confirmed. In order to help with the huge number of asylum seekers, according to the New York City Mayor's Office, emergency contracts like these have been employed deliberately during the previous year. They express the hope that the comptroller's office will collaborate with them to prevent families from camped out in the streets.