What to Look for in a Piggyback Contract? It is important that the other agency's solicitation meet your agency's competitive requirements, including, but not limited to the following:
- Was the solicitation advertised at least as long as your agency requires?
- Did they bid the same product you want to obtain?
- Did they bid roughly the same quantity you need?
- Did they include mandated federal requirements, if you will be paying the vendor with federal funds?
- Was the other agency's solicitation bid recently?
- Is the other agency's contract still current or has it expired?
- Did they receive more than one bid?
- Did they award to the lowest bidder?
Chicago Police Department: The Chicago Police Department is piggybacking off of an older State of New Jersey contract for which it appears that body cameras were added to the contract as an amendment, raising questions about whether it is appropriate to piggyback off of a contract for which prices were not competitively obtained.
Media Attention: Not only is the Chicago Police Department under scrutiny for their process in obtaining body cameras through piggybacking, but so are other agencies across the country. Even if your agency is not buying police body cameras, some of the issues that have been raised about piggybacking as a process for these cameras is relevant for other products you may procure. The following are links to three media sources that I've been interviewed by and quoted in about this hot topic:
- The Chicago Reporter: In swift push for body cameras, Chicago cut contracting corners, by Jonah Newman, October 3, 2016
- NPR Marketplace: Taser's body camera contracts under scrutiny, by Bobby Allyn, May 3, 2016
- The Wall Street Journal: For cities after Ferguson, a body-camera dilemma, by Dan Frosch and Zusha Elinson, March 7, 2016.
Presidential History Interviews: Here is a partial listed of the media I've been interviewed by and quoted in about presidential history and the 2016 presidential campaign (articles in which I'm quoted by Time Magazine and Voice of America should be published soon):
- Loser! Jerk! Insults fly on Republican campaign trail, by Alana Wise, February 13, 2016
- The Wall Street Journal
- Age-Old Issue Gets Diminished in Election 2016, by Jennifer Levitz, March 4, 2016
- For Obama, Muted Reaction to Brussels Attacks Is by Design, by Carol E. Lee, March 23, 2016
- Possible Vice-Presidential Picks for Trump and Clinton, Live TV interview with Carol Costello, May 16, 2016
- USA Today
- Historians: Clinton, Obama Tied Together No Matter What, by Eliza Collins, August 8, 2016
- New York Daily News
- President Obama Approval Rating Rises to 52%, New Poll Shows, by Clemente Lisi, June 24, 2016
- WHDT World News
- Donald Trump & The Evangelical Vote, March 8, 2016, Television Interview with Danielle Masterson
- Can Donald Trump Survive a Contested Convention?, April 6, 2016, Television Interview with Mark Maxwell
- Could Kasich or Cruz Win At Contested Convention?, April 27, 2016, Television Interview with Mark Maxwell
- Can the GOP Still Dump Trump?, June 14, 2016, Television Interview with Mark Maxwell
- What Mike Pence Brings to the Trump Ticket, July 15, 2016, Television Interview with Danielle Masterson
- Donald Trump Defies GOP as Leaders Plan Intervention, August 3, 2016, Television Interview with Mark Maxwell
- Hillary Clinton Not the First Woman Nominated, August 11, 2016, Television Interview with Danielle Masterson
- After 2012 GOP Autopsy, Is 2016 “Donald’s Inferno?” August 12, 2016, Television Interview with Danielle Masterson
- Oval Office Has Been Filled With Sick Presidents, September 14, 2016, Television Interview with Mark Maxwell
- WCGO Radio (1590)
- The Presidents, Vice Presidents, and 2016 Campaign, September 27,2016, Radio Interview with French and Friends
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