Thursday, November 09, 2017
ST. JOHNS COUNTY's ARDURRA GROUP, LLC CONTRACT; U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) Complaint Number C1806951
1. St. Johns County entered into a FEMA Hurricane Matthew remediation contract with ARDURRA GROUP, LLC without background investigation. http://www.sjccoc.us/minrec/agendas/2016/122016cd/12-20-16CON28.pdf SJC has admitted that it did no background investigation before hiring notorious "Spillionaire" company, Respondent ARDURRA. (See Respondent SJC's response to my Open Request No. 2017-595). ARDURRA has reportedly transferred controversial frontman CRAIG TAFARRO, JR.,, former St. Bernard, Louisiana Parish President, subject of ProPublica investigative stories. https://www.propublica.org/article/spillionaires-profiteering-mismanagement-in-the-wake-of-the-bp-oil-spill
2. Respondent ARDURRA hired contractors and subcontractors, including our former St. Johns County Assistant County Administrator JEREMY CAMERON, whom ARDURRA has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.
3. Respondent ARDURRA is billing St. Johns County $191/hour for CAMERON's time; CAMERON gets $75/hour.
4. Respondent SJC BoCC failed to honor citizen requests to adopt rules on post-employment ethics restrictions or lobbying that would have required more disclosure re: CAMERON and ARDURRA.
5. Respondents SJC BoCC and Commissioner JAY MORRIS may have deprived citizens of their legal rights to honest services, public meeting free speech, freedom of the press and open records. They've taken a combative, hostile approach about the ARDURRA contract, claiming the County was treated unfairly and inaccurately by the St. Augustine Record newspaper, while affecting hurt feelings. and even claiming favorable audit results from the FEMA Inspector General.
6. Respondent SJC County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK may possibly have overstated damage values, constituting possible false claims, as is suggested by St. Johns County Administrator MICHAEL WANCHICK's initial claim there were billions of dollars in damages, http://staugustine.com/news-local-news/2016-10-08/preliminary-estimates-damage-county-top-2-billion Has the IG investigated his subsequent hurried efforts to revise possibly incomplete or inaccurate data to win federal disaster status.
7. Is there possible waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance or retaliation by any of Respondents?
8. Pursuant to the IG Act, please initiate a civil, criminal and administrative investigation.