The final price of the ILO contract is $1.8 million

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The McKee administration is paying just over $1 million to the OIT Group for its work in the last three months of 2021, closing the books on a controversial contract that has sparked review hearings legislative and an ongoing investigation by Rhode Island’s attorney general.

After weeks of internal review, Governor Dan McKee’s office released the second and final ILO bill, submitted by the consulting firm on December 24. The invoice shows the company billed the state for 5,018 hours at $227.84 an hour from October through December, after which the company told the governor’s office that the work was completed six months after the start of a one-year contract.

The $1.06 million is on top of the $763,000 billed to the ILO for the first three months of his contract, bringing the final price for his work to around $1.8 million. The one-year contract was worth up to $5.2 million, according to procurement documents provided by the state.

In a list of accomplishments attached to the bill, ILO leaders said they helped the state reopen schools, provided a plan for a test-to-stay pilot program and positioned the McKee administration to expand programs. Municipal Learning Centers, a key initiative for the Governor.

The ILO contract came under fire last year after a Target 12 investigation looked into the highly unusual bidding process that led to the firm’s selection, raising concerns among lawmakers about the fact that the ILO had a privileged track because of political connections. The governor’s office and the ILO insisted the company had not received preferential treatment.

Last fall, State Representative Patricia Serpa and State Senator Louis DiPalma led House and Senate Oversight Committee hearings to review the deal. On Monday, lawmakers told Target 12 they would introduce legislation to reform part of the state contracting process as a result of their findings.

“It is essential that our procurement process be open, transparent and, above all, fair,” Serpa and DiPalma said in a joint statement.

The Oversight Leaders Bill would prohibit the state purchasing agency from turning RFPs into master price agreements – which happened in the ILO deal – unless the process is canceled and reissued. The bill would also require greater involvement of the agency that oversees the contracts and better oversight of the process.

“The Purchasing Manager must confirm that there is no conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict, between the interests of a person appointed to the technical evaluation committee of a tender and the interests of the state,” the lawmakers said.

Separately, Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office is continuing its own investigation into how the ILO deal was struck.

During a WPRI 12 Newsmakers taping last week, Neronha declined to discuss the current status of the probe or how long it will take to reach a conclusion. But he explained that his goal is to try to understand what happened so he can determine if there is any relevant law to apply and ultimately make a decision that “the public can rely on.”

“We’re going to do the deep dive that we need to understand what, if anything, happened and what the implications are, and the timing isn’t driven by anything other than that,” Neronha said. . “When we are ready to share our results with the public, we will.”

Eli Sherman ([email protected]) is a Target 12 investigative reporter for 12 News. Connect with him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Tim White and Ted Nesi contributed to this report.

Richard L. Militello