The U.S. Interests Section in Havana paid a New York snowplowing company $97,185, but it wasn't to clear the streets.
U.S. officials hired D&M Snowplowing and Sanding Inc. to buy uniforms, a task that has nothing to do with the company's usual duties.
Federal budget documents don't explain the unusual transaction. The company's phone number - (315) 764-1377 - rang through to a machine tonight.
Records show two State Department transactions:
- $73,640 for "RSO (Regional Security Officer) uniforms for guards" - signed Sept. 5, 2007.
- $23,545 for "uniforms for employees" - signed July 13, 2010.
The company received the uniform contracts under the federal government's Simplified Acquisition Procedures, or SAP. The threshold for such purchases is usually $100,000, but can rise to $5 million or higher under certain circumstances.
The Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code in New York does not list a company called D&M Snowplowing and Sanding Inc.
Google Maps show what looks like a residential home at the company address, not that there's anything necessarily amiss.
11 Bowers Street