Call for investigation of consultant’s contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jerry Jimenez, Communications Specialist
(408) 678-3391 | jerry.jimenez@seiu521.org

Monday, April 18, 2011

Special study session today focuses on healthcare consultant’s work

SAN JOSE – At the urging of community leaders, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is holding a special study session today to address concerns that its multi-million-dollar (and growing) contract with a healthcare consultant firm has been rushed through without adequate evaluation, setting of benchmarks, or competitive bidding.

While the public study session is a step in the right direction, community coalition leaders and county workers will be present to make sure the right questions are asked relating to the Alvarez & Marsal contract:

How did a $100,000 contract grow to $5.5 million with no competitive bidding?
What are the benchmarks for A&M’s work?
What steps will the county take to be more transparent and inclusive in the future during the process of choosing consultants whose work has direct impact on county programs and patient care?

What’s at stake? Whether Santa Clara County will succeed or fail in implementing the new health care law that could bring millions in new revenues to the county. What’s also at stake is access to healthcare for thousands of residents – many of them people with disabilities and immigrant groups.

WHAT: Special Study Session on Alvarez & Marsal contract

WHEN: Today, April 18, 12:30 PM

WHERE: Board of Supervisors’ chambers, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

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