SIMMONS: D.C. hospital contract overdue for oversight

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At-large Democrat Vincent B. Orange was the first to call for an investigation, pointing out that D.C. law called for the bid by Huron to be “disqualified” because it originally did not include a certified minority subcontractor.

“My view is that Huron was unresponsive and should have been disqualified,” he told Mr. Anderson.

Now, whether you support mandating minority firms for government contracts or not, the law is the law — unless and until the city changes it.

Some council members, including Mr. Barry, view the firms on the losing end of the United Medical Center “turnaround” contract as chickens chattering in the churchyard.

But the hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday will give the council — and ultimately, the public — an opportunity to prove the Gray administration is not above the law and will be held accountable.

After all, it was the council that endorsed the plan to buy the hospital in the first place.

Shut it down: It’s interesting the Gray administration said it cannot afford to keep the doors open to more than a dozen schoolhouses, but can afford to keep digging into coffers for a public hospital that the overwhelming majority of residents do not utilize.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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