Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beat goes on at Office of Cuba Broadcasting

Click to enlarge. Source: Federal Data Procurement System
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, has signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $1 million since the U.S. and Cuba on Dec. 17 announced they would begin renewing diplomatic ties. (List of contracts is below).
Records show that $8233.34 went to the Phoenix Air Group, which is paid to store Aero Martí, a plane that doesn't fly anywhere.
Aero Martí was meant to broadcast a TV station into Cuba, but the Cubans jammed the signal and the plane was grounded (See "Grounded TV Marti plane a monument to the limits of American austerity").
The OCB has paid the Phoenix Air Group $4,087,706 since June 1, 2010.
The agency continues spending tax dollars on the storing Aero Martí at a time when the national debt is more than $18 trillion and the federal budget deficit exceeds $478 billion (See National Debt Clock).
Money spent on the Aero Martí is a tiny fraction of the OCB budget, which was $26.3 million in fiscal year 2013.
On Jan. 28, Cuban President Raúl Castro demanded that the U.S. government stop broadcasting TV and radio signals into Cuba in violation of international law. Castro told the Third CELAC Summit in Costa Rica:
As I have repeatedly stated, Cuba and the United States must learn the art of civilized co-existence, based on respect for the differences which exist between both governments and cooperation on issues of common interest, which contribute to solving the challenges we are facing in the hemisphere and the world. However, it must not be supposed that, in order to achieve this, Cuba would renounce its ideals of independence and social justice, or abandon a single one of our principles, nor cede a millimeter in the defense of our national sovereignty.

We will not invite, or accept any attempt to advise or exert pressure regarding our internal affairs. We have earned this sovereign right through great sacrifices and at the price of great risks.
The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the beginning of a process which can progress toward normalization of bilateral relations, but this will not be possible as long as the blockade exists, or as long as the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base is not returned (Applause), or radio and television broadcasts which violate international norms continue, or just compensation is not provided our people for the human and economic damage they have suffered.
A list of the OCB contracts signed since Dec. 17 are below:

Vendor NameDate SignedAction Obligation ($)NAICS Description
XEROX CORPORATION30-Dec-14$38,553.40PRINTING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION14-Jan-15$3,000.00COURIERS AND EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.30-Jan-15$4,500.00COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE STORES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC14-Jan-15$769.99DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC14-Jan-15-$9,689.65DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC14-Jan-15$182.97DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
SHI INTERNATIONAL CORP.18-Dec-14$5,499.00COMPUTER TERMINAL MANUFACTURING
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION18-Dec-14$6,623.85COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE STORES
M A FEDERAL, INC19-Dec-14$5,732.65OTHER COMPUTER PERIPHERAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
DIGITAL VIDEO GROUP INC.30-Jan-15$37,633.35RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
PHOENIX AIR GROUP, INC.31-Dec-14$8,233.34OTHER SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR AIR TRANSPORTATION
G B TRACTOR SERVICE30-Jan-15$17,550.00LANDSCAPING SERVICES
LADY SLIPPER INC30-Jan-15$4,500.00JANITORIAL SERVICES
EVERETT PRODUCTIONS, LLC23-Jan-15$11,520.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FUENTES, YANEL27-Jan-15$11,520.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MONTOYA, JOSE M8-Jan-15$1,024.00TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
MONTOYA, JOSE M27-Jan-15$20,480.00TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$4,875.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$4,125.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$4,875.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$4,875.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MUNOZ, LUIS30-Jan-15$4,875.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$4,875.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$2,700.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$2,100.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$2,100.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$3,250.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$2,100.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES30-Jan-15$3,250.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA28-Jan-15$3,840.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES27-Jan-15$2,080.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PATTERSON PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION27-Jan-15$845.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARCEO, DANIEL D27-Jan-15$16,640.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ALVAREZ, HILDA27-Jan-15$4,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
COSSIO, MIGUEL27-Jan-15$3,520.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BALLSAL TV PRODUCTION CORP.22-Jan-15$24,064.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FIOL, IGNACIO J.22-Jan-15$13,312.00TELEVISION BROADCASTING
GUIMAR GROUP INC22-Jan-15$9,360.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
DIAZ, ERICK27-Jan-15$8,320.00MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
ZORAYDA, INC.22-Jan-15$15,600.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LOPEZ, RENE8-Jan-15$320.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LOPEZ, RENE27-Jan-15$17,920.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GONZALEZ, ODETTE27-Jan-15$17,408.00MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
ALONSO M DALINA26-Jan-15$9,240.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
CAMEJO, CARLOS26-Jan-15$3,000.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ALPIZAR, JOSE L27-Jan-15$22,176.00TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BLUE PELICAN, CORP.8-Jan-15$640.00TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BLUE PELICAN, CORP.27-Jan-15$17,920.00TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BARUSA CORP.28-Jan-15$16,896.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FAIRPLAY GRIP LIGHT28-Jan-15$15,040.00OTHER MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO INDUSTRIES
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA29-Dec-14$7,200.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA27-Jan-15$23,040.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA29-Dec-14$5,760.00RADIO STATIONS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA14-Jan-15$690.00RADIO STATIONS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA27-Jan-15$19,440.00RADIO STATIONS
PAEZ, MARIA E27-Jan-15$6,845.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BALDA, ADA28-Jan-15$14,040.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PACHECO CABANAS, IVETTE28-Jan-15$14,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MORELL, JOSE R27-Jan-15$9,600.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, RAFAEL JAVIER13-Jan-15$280.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, RAFAEL JAVIER29-Jan-15$16,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
AGUADO, ENRIQUE28-Jan-15$14,407.68INTERNET PUBLISHING AND BROADCASTING AND WEB SEARCH PORTALS
DARIAS, IDOLIDIA28-Jan-15$13,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, JORGE PEDRO28-Jan-15$16,080.00RADIO STATIONS
HUERGA, YOLANDA28-Jan-15$10,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
REYES GONZALEZ, ADRIEL29-Jan-15$17,520.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MATAMOROS, SEVERINA29-Jan-15$10,640.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
SERRANO, WALDO J29-Jan-15$12,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARCE, RAUL28-Jan-15$2,200.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
OMAR LOPEZ28-Jan-15$6,912.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES28-Jan-15$1,300.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PINEY, GRACE28-Jan-15$12,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES29-Jan-15$6,912.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA28-Jan-15$1,625.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
RODRIGUEZ, GUSTAVO28-Jan-15$2,028.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PEREZ, JORGE IGNACIO29-Jan-15$7,680.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LUIS GONZALES28-Jan-15$8,960.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
TABARES, CARIDAD28-Jan-15$9,035.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ELIAS, NANCY27-Jan-15$12,025.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, LUCIA14-Jan-15$510.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, LUCIA27-Jan-15$16,320.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ROQUE, CARIDAD27-Jan-15$6,720.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, JUAN J ALMEIDA27-Jan-15$8,320.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HIDALGO, MAGDELIVIA27-Jan-15$6,912.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARJONA, EXILDA27-Jan-15$6,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ROJAS ROSABAL, LUIS27-Jan-15$13,200.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
OMAR LOPEZ28-Jan-15$6,720.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PEREZ, JORGE IGNACIO28-Jan-15$6,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LAZARO R DOMINGUEZ28-Jan-15$8,960.00ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES
ORLANDO G PENA28-Jan-15$6,600.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
DESCARGA DEPORTIVA28-Jan-15$6,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BAHIA AMERICA CORP VISUAL AND WRITTEN SOLUTIONS22-Jan-15$20,480.00TELEVISION BROADCASTING
RIOS, ALEJANDRO22-Jan-15$6,500.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, JUAN J ALMEIDA28-Jan-15$8,320.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
CHARLES PRODUCTIONS US, INC.23-Jan-15$19,500.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES23-Jan-15$22,100.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
SILVA, JUAN I23-Jan-15$2,700.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
VIEWFINDER PRODUCTIONS19-Dec-14$0.00MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
VIEWFINDER PRODUCTIONS23-Jan-15$6,750.00MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
EL MIKIMBIN CORP28-Jan-15$6,400.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES12-Jan-15$2,250.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GONZALEZ, GRICEL23-Jan-15$12,800.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PENA, OSCAR28-Jan-15$1,625.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FILMSMITH INTERNATIONAL23-Jan-15$16,000.00TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
PUERTO RICO PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP17-Dec-14$11,677.50TELEVISION BROADCASTING
HUMAN CIRCUIT, INC.8-Jan-15$22,389.43RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
MARCANO, JOSE ALEJANDRO SANTELLI9-Jan-15$600.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HERNANDEZ, MAITE9-Jan-15$2,560.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HERNANDEZ, MAITE28-Jan-15$16,384.00INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
KENMORT PROPERTIES15-Jan-15$356.50LESSORS OF OTHER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY
KENMORT PROPERTIES29-Jan-15$707.25LESSORS OF OTHER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY

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