Thursday, November 27, 2014
Here are the Broadcasting Board of Governors' top 100 contractors based on data the agency reported to the Federal Data Procurement System between Oct. 15, 1999, and Nov. 26, 2014.
To come up with this list, I sorted through 72,482 BBG transactions listed on the FDPS website and pulled out all transactions worth $100,000 or above.
That totaled 1,007 transactions worth $715,631,939. I went through those contracts and pulled out the top 100 vendors.
These numbers are only as good as what the BBG reports to the Federal Data Procurement System. There is underreporting of data throughout the federal government.
And some reporting appears to be incomplete. The purported vendor ranked No. 37, for instance, is shown as "blank." That means $2,616,700 in contracts were reported without a company name.
No. 26 simply reads "No data from D and B." In government lingo, that means the information was sensitive or unavailable. So taxpayers have no idea what happened to that piece of the pie, worth $4,565,603.
Even so, this Top 100 list gives you a glimpse of BBG's biggest vendors over the past 15 years.
|Jeff Kline. Photo: The Good Samaritan Inc.|
The contract went to Canyon Communications, founded by Jeff Kline. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting said it awarded the contract without a competitive bid because Canyon Communications was uniquely qualified for the job.
Based on the needs of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), Canyon Communications is the only known source with the demonstrated ability to produce programming specifically designed for a Cuban audience.
In the opinion and to the knowledge of the government evaluator, the contractor is uniquely qualified to deliver this programming due to their extensive experience in this area, including successful performance under a previous OCB contract last year, which was awarded based on the contractor’s unsolicited proposal.
In October, I wrote about a radio programming contest that Kline ran in Cuba without telling participants that it was funded by the U.S. government. The contest was aborted and no one was awarded any prizes after Cuban authorities arrested development worker Alan Gross in December 2009. (See "Taxpayer Contest Aborted").
Earlier, in May 2014, I wrote that that Kline had traveled to Cuba to test cell phones and other wireless devices for a State Department contractor. (See "The Other Alan Gross").
In February 2014, I wrote about his contract to produce self-help videos in Cuba. (See “The incredible disappearing $450,000 contract”).
Kline's company, Canyon Communications, signed the $1,450,063 BBG contract on Sept. 30, 2014. His company has won a total of $1,799,503 in BBG contracts since 2013. That makes him the BBG's 56th winningest vendor since 1999.
(Another one of his companies, the Pinyon Foundation, won an additional $450,000 in 2013 - see record. Canyon Communications appears to have carried out that contract, documents show. That would bring the company's total contracts to $2,249,503, which would boost Kline's rank on the top 100 list to 44. See Top 100 here).
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The objective in leasing these broadcast services is to leverage the signal quality of Satellite Radio to reach the Agency’s audience in Cuba. The time required by the Office of Cuba broadcasting (OCB), also located in Miami, FL for having its Radio Marti programming to be rebroadcast from a Satellite Radio station is a two hour block between the hours of 9:00pm – 11:00pm ( Monday – Friday).The full text of the request for proposal is below:
Office: Director, Office of Contracts
Location: Office of Contracts (CON)
Added: Nov 14, 2014 4:58 pm
(i) THIS IS A COMBINED SYNOPSIS/SOLICITATION FOR A COMMERCIAL ITEM PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FORMAT IN SUBPART 12.6 AS SUPPLEMENTED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS NOTICE. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONSTITUTES THE ONLY SOLICITATION; PROPOSALS ARE BEING REQUESTED AND A WRITTEN SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED.
(ii) Solicitation No. BBG50-R-15-0003 is issued as a Request For Proposal (RFP) and a contract will be awarded using the contracting by negotiation procedures in FAR Part 15.