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the washington times “It’s a culture that will use the politics to subvert the legitimate [contracting] process,” said D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent (above) of the conflicts brought to light by a contract to “turn around” a city-owned hospital. “It appears the District Staff who administered this procurement knowingly did not follow the procurement law which they are sworn to administer,” says Robert C. Bobb (left), a former D.C. city administrator and former president of the D.C. Board of Education. “They hijacked what was supposed to be an open competition.”

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