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Opportunities with Capital Edge Consulting
Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. is a privately held, fast growing consulting firm headquartered near Washington, DC in Tysons Corner, VA. Named as one of America’s and Washington DC’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, our geographically dispersed consultants support Government Contractors and Federal Grant Recipients with services ranging from strategic planning to compliance and contracts management in order to better manage risk and deliver stronger results. Maintaining our rewarding corporate culture and employee-centric focus is critical to the organization as we continue to grow.
Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Is a privately held, fast growing consulting firm headquartered near Washington DC in Tysons Corner VA. Named as one of America's and Washington DC's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, our geographically dispersed consultants support Government Contractors and Federal Grant Recipients with services ranging from strategic planning to compliance and contracts management in order to better manage risk and deliver stronger results. Learn more at: www.capitaledgeconsulting.com .
The Senior Manager / Manager position will be based out of our Tysons Corner, VA office, and lead our Consultants in the Core Compliance, Cost Accounting Standards Business Line in government contracting, accounting, and other related fields.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform research and analysis on client engagements.
- Collect information about the client’s business through a variety of methods (shadowing, interviews, reading reports, etc.).
- Efficiently identifying client weaknesses and comprehension of the causes.
- Formulate client driven solutions based on regulations, client capabilities and limitations.
- Develop concise and informed reports.
- Develop Corrective Action Plans to drive change.
- Efficiently implements Corrective Action Plans to address areas of concern.
- Effectively interface with client representatives at various levels (Manager, Director, VP, etc.).
- Provide direction and guidance to project teams.
- Provide detailed regulatory guidance to clients.
- Assist and advise clients in responding to auditor inquiries and responses.
- Ensure client deliverables are delivered timely and within Budget.
- Communicate data requests with clients.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or other related field.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Travel to client location(s) required up to 80% of the time.
- Ability to work in a team-based environment.
- 7+ years prior experience with a Government Contractor, Accounting or Advisory Firm, or related field.
- 4+ years leading project teams or supervising direct reports.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS WE DESIRE
- Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a team-based environment and balance multiple priorities.
- Knowledge of federal regulations in areas such as FAR, CAS, DFARS, and other Agency Supplemental regulations or industry specific tools and/or software
- Effective written and verbal communication with clients and team members, including adjusting communication style to accommodate the capability and knowledge of the audience’s experience and managerial level.
- Adept at managing multiple client engagements and projects simultaneously.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; including intermediate level formulas and data manipulation in Excel
- Advanced knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and/or other Agency FAR supplements.
Travel required up to 50% of the time with potential for more depending on project requirements and client needs.
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This position is a hands-on role that will assist Capital Edge’s clients with their contracting compliance needs. Qualified candidates possess experience in consulting, government contracting, accounting, or other related fields. At all levels, our consultants are expected to meet the needs of clients, often interfacing with top executives and management to discuss ongoing projects. A successful Senior Consultant is a motivated self-starter who loves a challenge, is eager to learn, and is willing to work in an ever-changing environment. Whether it is adapting to a client’s changing requirements, travel on short notice, or juggling additional projects, Senior Consultants must be able to pivot and adjust easily to change.
- Perform research and analysis on client engagements, under the direction of the Project Manager(s).
- Collect information about the client’s business through a variety of methods (shadowing, interviews, reviewing reports and policies, etc.).
- Analyze and model data based on a client’s business objectives, regulatory and contractual requirements, etc.
- Assist Project Manager(s) with identifying client weaknesses and comprehension of the causes.
- Think critically and support Project Manager(s) with formulating client driven solutions based on regulations, client capabilities and limitations.
- Create concise and informed reports and presentations.
- Review policies and procedures against business system requirements to identify potential gaps.
- Assist with both high level and in-depth reviews of business practices and develop recommendations and implement Corrective Action Plans to drive change and address areas of concern.
- Effectively interface with individuals at all levels from peers to top executives in client organizations.
- Provide direction and guidance to other project team members as needed.
- Monitor assigned tasks and provide Project Manager(s) with clear and accurate project status when requested.
- Work effectively both independently and in a team environment, remote or in-person, depending on the needs of the business and client(s).
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 2+ years of relevant and increasingly responsible government contract regulatory compliance experience working in an Accounting, Consulting, Government Contracting or US Government role
This is an entry-level position for someone interested in building a dynamic career in consulting. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who loves a challenge, is eager to learn, and is willing to work in an ever-changing environment. Whether it is adapting to a client’s changing requirements, travel on short notice, or juggling additional projects, Consultants must be able to pivot and adjust easily to change.
- Analyze and model client data, under the direction of Project Manager(s).
- Think critically and support Project Manager(s) with the formulation of client-driven solutions based on regulations, client business needs, capabilities and limitations.
- Assist in the development and implementation of Corrective Action Plans to drive change.
- Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a team-based environment and balance multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Knowledge of federal regulations in areas such as FAR, CAS, DFARS, and other Agency Supplemental regulations or industry specific tools and/or software.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; including intermediate-level formulas and data manipulation in Excel.
Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. is seeking college graduates to start working as a consultant in January 2024 and May 2024 at our offices located in Tysons Corner, VA, Tampa, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA. We are a privately held, fast growing consulting firm headquartered near Washington DC in Tyson's Corner VA. Named as one of America's and Washington DC's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, our geographically dispersed consultants support Government Contractors and Federal Grant Recipients with services ranging from strategic planning to compliance and contracts management in order to better manage risk and deliver stronger results. Learn more at: www.capitaledgeconsulting.com . This is an entry level position for someone interested in building a dynamic career in consulting. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who loves a challenge, is eager to learn, and is willing to work in an ever-changing environment. Whether it is adapting to a client’s changing requirements, travel on short notice, or juggling additional projects, Consultants must be able to pivot and adjust easily to change.
- Think critically and support Project Manager(s) with the formulation of client driven solutions based on regulations, client business needs, capabilities and limitations.
- Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following programs or similar:
- Business Analytics
- Supply Chain
- Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a team-based environment and balance multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; including intermediate level formulas and data manipulation in Excel.
- Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship, now or at any time in the future.
These positions will be based in either Tysons Corner, VA, Tampa, FL, or Pittsburgh, PA based on business need, with up to 75% travel required depending on project requirements and client needs.
The Capital Edge Consulting Summer Internship Program is set up to provide interns with meaningful work and resources to refine their business acumen skills so that they may serve as a robust candidate pool utilized to meet CEC’s future entry-level, full-time hiring needs. We are looking for Internship candidates to fill traditional summer Internships from late May to early August 2024 at our office in Tampa, FL. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in building a dynamic career in consulting. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who loves a challenge, is eager to learn, and is willing to work in an ever-changing environment.
- Our Summer Interns are a key part of the team, working with different groups to help on projects for our clients and internally as well.
- Solving complex problems and communicate findings.
- Perform research and analysis on client engagements, under the direction of your leader.
- Analyze client data, under the direction of your leader.
- Work effectively both independently and in a team environment, remote or in-person, depending on the needs of the business and client(s).
- Junior standing in a full-time academic program with a target graduation date with a bachelor’s degree December 2024 or May 2025
- Enrolled in one of the following bachelor’s degree programs:
Ability to Travel up to 10% required.
Capital Edge Consulting is looking for an ambitious HR Intern to help with leading and assisting on a wide range of projects during the 2024 spring semester, part time, while attending school, then will be full time (40 hours) into the summer 2024.
The Intern will report directly to our Director of People Ops and be exposed to a breadth of projects across HR spectrum, such as policy & procedure creation, talent management, creating programs, and learning & development.
The position will be based in our office in Sewickley, PA. The candidate must have reliable transportation to and from our Sewickley office. Pittsburgh bus line #14-Ohio Valley runs by the office.
- Work on HR Dept. projects, and helps develop HR procedures and policy materials
- Perform general HR administrative functions
- Help prepare documents using Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, MS Forms, and Excel
- Provide assistance and support to general HR administrative functions
- Assist with planning and executing of HR programs
- Performs other related duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite & SharePoint
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Minimum completed Sophomore student looking for a career in HR and studying for Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, I/O Psychology, Business Administration, Labor & Employment Relations, or related field.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries in development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. In its global Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2025, UN Women recognizes financing for gender equality as a specific objective, and aims to provide context-specific policy guidance, technical support and capacity strengthening on the mobilization, allocation and spending of high - impact financing aligned with gender equality objectives.
In Pakistan, the lack of capital for women-owned businesses and inadequate access to financial products remain key barriers to women’s economic empowerment. In this regard, enhancing women’s access to finance - including through the provision of innovative financial instruments and pursuing financial inclusion targets – is a key focus area for UN Women PCO. In the past, UN Women has worked towards building capacities of parliamentarians and key stakeholders on gender-responsive budgeting practices, and increasing knowledge of financing gaps through rapid assessments and analyses.
Keeping in view the lack of innovative financial products in Pakistan - including those for women - caused in part due to a nascent capital market structure and regulatory framework, there has been a significant push towards sustainable finance in the country in the past two years. This momentum largely owes to the issuance of Sukuk Bonds and Green Bonds by the Government of Pakistan, formulation of Gender Bond Guidelines by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, and the introduction of a Banking on Equality Policy by the State Bank of Pakistan.
Also, sustainable, gender-responsive, and socially conscious business practices are imperative to achieve sustainability goals for which support by the corporate/business sector as well as the regulators is critical. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, therefore, must be increasingly pursued with companies to improve relevance of businesses to meet challenging global needs.
The financial ecosystem in Pakistan is now well-suited for advancing women’s financial inclusion, including women-centric product development, the issuance of the gender bonds, and encouraging integration of ESG or sustainability considerations into decision/policy making by the business/corporate sector to attract investment.
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UN Women Pakistan is looking to hire an international consultant for work related to Sustainable and Innovative Gender Finance. Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative, UN Women, the Consultant will work in close collaboration with the programme and operations teams at UN Women Pakistan Country Office (PCO), partners and stakeholders from the financial ecosystem of the country, relevant institutions, and donors, to provide management support for the existing work and also support successful designing/implementation of (planned) initiatives besides making efforts to unlock new/innovative forms of public/private finance.
- Identify opportunities and develop partnerships within the development/financial ecosystem of Pakistan, especially with financial institutions, microfinance organizations, government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, business/corporate/private sector, and other UN Agencies, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs, particularly in relation to sustainable and innovative gender financing (SIGF).
- Engage with policymakers/institutions on corporate governance policies related to ESG Investment.
- Increase awareness amongst stakeholder of the need to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and issuances of innovative gender financing tools
- Advise on project design for UN Women PCO’s work in the area of SIGF.
- Conduct research as needed, including development of proposals/concept notes, briefs and miscellaneous documentation for donor and consultative meetings related to the objective/purpose of these assignment.
- Support UN Women Pakistan in coordinating and implementing planned activities and initiatives in SIGF with the government institutions and other partners.
- Devise a strategy on how to encourage and support institutions and the private sector to produce and launch innovative products such as gender bonds, Sukuks, and micro-finance.
- Work/coordinate internally with project teams, operations sub-units – including procurement, security, finance, and internal controls – to support implementation of planned initiatives related to SIGF.
- Keeps abreast of national, regional, and global economic trends and issues and analyze their implications for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
Required Skills and Experience
- A Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, business administration, social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, or a related field is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Skills and Competencies:
- Minimum 15 years of progressive relevant experience at international level in international development, sustainable financing, gender financing, coordination, development finance or planning.
- Track record of producing high quality knowledge pieces, research papers, proposals, analytical reports, articles, or policy briefs is required.
- Experience in partnership building, especially in the context of sustainable and innovative financing, and international development is required.
- Experience of working and liaising with government agencies, financial regulatory bodies, and donors.
- Work experience in UN or other international organization, and knowledge of UN Women policies, procedures and practices is an advantage.
- Experience in private sector finance is desirable.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is required.
- Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills is required.
- Basic understanding of Urdu is an asset though not a requirement.
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I made over $225,000 in a year as a 27-year-old government contractor overseas — and got paid to travel in my free time
- Symoné Berry made over $225k working as an overseas US government tech contractor .
- While in Taiwan, she took a week off every month and received "rest and relaxation" pay to travel.
- Berry sometimes worked 90+ hour weeks — the benefits were worth it to her but it's not for everyone.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Symoné Berry, a 31-year-old government contractor living in Atlanta. Her jobs and income have been verified by BI. It's been edited for length and clarity.
I always knew I wanted a government contracting job .
My mom was a mortgage underwriter and we lived in the DC area. She would always tell me about these overseas government contractors who lived in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they would buy $500,000 houses in all cash.
I didn't know how I was going to do it and I didn't know anything about it — but I knew that's what I wanted to do.
At 16, I started to build my career in government tech and went to vocational school. From there, I went to Christopher Newport University on a basketball scholarship and eventually transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in math.
I had seven job offers by the time I graduated
I graduated in the fall of 2014 with seven job offers, a mix of federal and government contract roles.
I accepted an offer as a level one embedded engineer for $72,500 a year at Raytheon, a defense contractor. I started on the first Monday of January 2015 in their Fort Meade office.
Over the next two years, I wrote code for Raytheon's radars and started looking at internal positions abroad. I figured out that I needed to get a CompTIA Security Plus authorization to work in many of the overseas positions. It took me about a month to get the certification and then another three months of interviewing and training before I started my first job overseas.
I lived in the snowiest city in the world, making $140,000 a year
As a radar systems engineer in Japan, I made just over $140,000 a year and had all of my living expenses and food paid for. I lived in a spacious one-bedroom apartment that was provided for me in Aomori Prefecture, a few minutes away from the site.
My job was to make sure that the radar system was up and running 24/7. At the time, North Korea was shooting missiles over Japan and our job was to monitor them. Most of the time, we were sitting ducks. But there were times when something did go wrong and I had to go to site at four in the morning.
In Aomori, I worked 12-hour days about four days a week and then I had off from Thursday night until Monday morning.
On the weekends, I would usually travel with my coworkers. You make a lot of friends on the job because you're all living in the same place. I went to Tokyo almost every weekend.
Aomori is the snowiest place in the world. It gets 26 feet of snow every year.
I would walk to work in a blizzard with ski goggles and a face mask on. I don't like the cold and after that first winter, I didn't ever want to go through another winter there again.
I worked 90+ hour weeks in Taiwan, but the money and time off made it worth it
After a year and a half in Japan, I started a new job in Taiwan as a senior testing engineer. At this point, I was 27 making about $225,000 a year.
My housing was paid for and there was an on-site chef to cook staff meals — but the hours were crazy.
When I started, I only had two days off every 10 days and I worked about 92 hours a week. After a few months, I negotiated my contract so that I worked three weeks straight and then got a full week off every month. During that week, I would usually visit my girlfriend in California.
I also received a quarterly pay of $2,500 for "rest and relaxation" pay, referred to as R&R. This is money that compensates for the long hours so that staff can travel during their time off. It varies in each job. In Japan, I only received $1,500 annually for R&R.
South Korea was hands down the best overseas role I had
After Taiwan, I deployed to South Korea as a senior system administrator for about $220,000 a year.
That was hands down the best living situation I had. I had a really nice three-bedroom apartment and a car rental. Plus, the surrounding area was great.
We were close to Osan Air Force Base and there were a ton of Americans in the area. I worked 50 hours a week in that role and was able to work from home sometimes there because if we weren't flying we really didn't need to be there.
During my weekends in South Korea, I didn't travel much because of Covid but I went to Seoul a few times.
This career path isn't for everyone
This lifestyle is all I know and I have no regrets.
But it's not for everyone.
Doing years of long-distance took a toll on my relationship and for people who have a family or struggle to be alone, this job would be very difficult.
Also, most of the places I worked were remote and in isolated areas. If that's a problem for you, this job path isn't the right one.
If you don't like to work long hours, I also don't suggest entering this field. Overseas government contract work requires at least 50 hours a week. It also often comes with a long commute to site — in Taiwan, it took us an hour to get down the mountain every day. While this is covered by the contractor, it still takes time out of your already long day.
But I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. Plus, this career path allowed me to save money and get into investing since I had no living expenses for years. I've saved up enough money now that I can take time off for myself and start my own business.
Over the last year, I stopped working and started building my online presence and a nonprofit called GovTech Foundation, which provides career guidance for government jobs. I might do a short-term contract to make quick money, but right now, I'm 31 and enjoying the time off to travel and focus on personal projects.
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Government impersonators mail fake notices to business owners
You’ve heard about scammers who pose as government workers, calling to demand your money or information. But imposters are running scams by mail too. They’re sending fake forms and letters from made-up agencies to small business owners and demanding payment ASAP. Here’s what to know and do if you get a letter like this.
The fake government letters have agency names that include words like United States , business regulation , and trademark to make them seem legitimate. The letters lie to you, saying it’s time to register or renew a business license or trademark, sending you to a website that asks for your license, Social Security, EIN, and credit card numbers. Usually, the letters warn about fines if you don’t respond fast.
If you get a letter that looks like it’s from the government and demands money or information, stop. It could be a scam. Before you do anything:
If you spot a scam like this, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov . Find out what to do if you paid someone you think is a scammer, or if you gave a scammer your personal information.
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what about if they come to your door saying they are from the government what do we supposed to do, let me know please
I received a call from a gentleman saying he was from social security office which I knew it was scam so I hung up this happened last month in January 2024.
Is there an email we can use to forward scam emails for your investigations?..
In reply to Is there an email we can use… by John Cappelletti
You can help the investigation by reporting to the www.ReportFraud.ftc.gov website. You can give details about the messages you got, and about yourself if you choose. You can also copy the message you got and paste it into your report. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies nationwide use for investigations.
Once again, a nice piece of information, Thank you very much!
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Thank you very much for the extremely important information!
Received letter from IRS letter contained pin number for me to sign on online at Irs.gov/stafistics /itb2022survey Also reminding me this is an important survey and voluntary. I did not attempt signed on due to my online profile has theft for years that includes perviously owned business profile. Also letter looked suspicious, If this is an voluntary why IRS did sent second letter stating i haven't don it yet and reminding me to do the survey asap.
Person sent letter from irs melanie R. krause ,ph.rn chief Data & Analytics, Officer research, applied analytics & Statistics(raas)
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Polk Fire battalion chief gets job back as county hires firm to assess agency management
A beleaguered Polk County battalion chief got his job back not long after the Polk County Commission agreed a consultant needs to be brought in to assess the management of its fire and rescue agency.
Fired Polk County Fire Rescue battalion chief Charlie True has been back on the job for more than two weeks, according to Jon Hall, vice president of the Polk Professional Firefighters union.
And a majority of the Polk County commissioners have agreed on a resolution to hire Allen, Norton and Blue of Tallahassee to examine the circumstances behind the termination and get to the root cause of the leadership problems that have plagued the agency for years.
The firing of True followed a dispute with agency management over hours that were logged by crews during a disaster-relief response in Levy County to support residents impacted in August by Hurricane Idalia.
Hall previously told The Ledger the issue revolved around hours worked vs. hours the PCFR personnel were told to work by its administration. The firefighters and EMTs were about to be deployed for disaster-relief duties when an administrative chief told True verbally to keep the first responders to 12-hour shifts instead of the typical 24-hour shifts they work in Polk County.
The deployment was to protect Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies from potential threats of fire and possible medical emergencies in the disaster zone, which takes pressure off local first responders. The deputies assisted in evacuations, retrieved people from their homes and placed them into shelters, cut up fallen trees, and assisted in other recovery efforts, Hall said. The PCFR assisted in those efforts as well as their main mission to support the sheriff's personnel.
The county had told Hall that it had paid fire and rescue responders an unexpected $60,000 toward the deployment in Levy County. But he was puzzled by the calculation. Health insurance and other benefits would have had to be paid regardless of the deployment, and a firefighter's wage is not exorbitant.
The hiring of the consultant came at the behest of board Chairman Bill Braswell who had lashed out at County Manager Bill Beasley the week after True’s firing.
Braswell says he’s received more than 350 emails about the county’s fire agency since joining the commission, and then there was the backlash and a social media campaign by Polk County residents against the removal of the battalion chief.
The board had originally discussed next steps, and the firefighters’ union had appealed the firing during the Jan. 9 commissioners meeting.
According to a text on Thursday from Braswell, “The law firm that is going to conduct the review has been determined, but they have yet to begin the actual departmental review.
“They should start in the next few weeks, and we have given them 90 days to complete the process and produce a report,” he said.
Meanwhile, True returned to work on Feb. 1, according to Hall in a text message on Thursday.
“They reduced his discipline and put him back to work,” he said.
Braswell had called for further investigation by an independent third party into the county’s fire service and directed his frustration about the agency’s management at Beasley, saying the county’s top administrators were part of the problem.
“I do think we have a problem,” he said at the Jan. 9 meeting. “I think we have a management problem in our fire department and Mr. Beasley, that starts with you.
“I've been here seven years, and I have watched problem after problem come out of our fire department,” Braswell said. “It was easy to say it was rank and file for a long time, but the fact remains we still have problems.”
The hiring of a consultant was discussed again at the commissioners’ agenda review on Jan. 22 at the County Administration Building in Bartow.
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At the agenda review streamed on Polk TV, Braswell said he would be the “point man” on the development of the audit report. He told the county administrators at the meeting and fellow board members he had received a list of qualified law firms from the Florida Association of Counties and visited at least one of the law firms while in Tallahassee.
“They understand the IG (inspector general) concept of looking at management from the top down, the bottom up, whatever you want to call it, finding what we do right, what we do wrong and fixing any problems that they find,” Braswell said.
He told the board he wanted this to be monitored by his colleagues on the commission and not to be monitored by staff or administration.
A resolution to deviate from the usual county procurement process was written by County Attorney Randy Mink to allow the board chairman to hire the firm that will conduct the audit.
The resolution was approved by the commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 23 in Bartow. Commissioner George Lindsey was the lone vote against the procurement resolution.
Mink wrote in the resolution that procurement normally falls under the county manager and the action by the board allows it “to deviate from an RFP (request for proposals) and selection committee. He (Braswell) said this is only an inquiry and gathering information to report back to the Board and this is not interfering with the duties of employees that fall under the County Manager.”
Braswell had spoken to three firms and selected Allen, Norton and Blue, which has had experience auditing fire service agencies.
Hall said that the reinstatement of True as battalion chief also came with a reduction of the disciplinary actions against him.
A request on Friday by The Ledger for the recent changes to True’s employment and discipline records with Polk County is still pending. A request for the contract with Alan, Norton and Blue is also pending.
A county spokeswoman had said True was terminated on Jan. 5 for failure to supervise, insubordination and untruthfulness. His annual salary was $93,708 in January.