A consulting firm that employed one of the governors at the time. Andrew Cuomo’s daughters – and then landed a job related to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout – are vying for a contract to help overhaul the state’s health department, The Post.
Boston Consulting Group executives were interviewed by DOH officials about two weeks ago after responding to an emergency request for proposals released earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The meeting took place ahead of the resignation Thursday of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who remains until Gov. Kathy Hochul names his replacement – and who could sign the deal on his way out.
DOH quietly solicited bidders “to provide strategic assessment and reorganization services to DOH executive staff” on June 29, according to a document. buried on his site.
The notice – issued amid the sexual harassment scandal that led to Cuomo’s August 10 resignation – cited “increased pressure on the resources available to help fight the pandemic,” during which the DOH was criticized for its management of nursing homes.
A March 25, 2020 order issued by Zucker required facilities to admit patients with COVID-19, whom critics blamed for spreading the deadly disease among vulnerable residents.
Earlier this year, The Post also exclusively revealed that Cuomo’s then assistant Melissa DeRosa privately told Democratic lawmakers that Cuomo’s administration withheld the total death toll in the homes of nursing because officials feared it might be “used against us” by the US Department of Justice.
The FBI and the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office have launched a criminal investigation following the Post’s report.
The DOH has also been beset by dozens of resignations from its senior ranks, with The Post revealing last month that nearly 60 of its highest-paid employees – including policymakers and scientists battling the pandemic – had left the ship. This year.
Since then, Zucker’s No.2 Lisa Pino has also left and has been replaced by former state commissioner for temporary help and people with disabilities, Kristin Proud, but a source said Proud told associates that she did not plan to stay for long.
The DOH – which has an annual budget of $ 188 billion – comprises a sprawling bureaucracy of more than 100 offices, divisions, offices, centers and groups, according to an organizational chart from September 2020.
In fiscal 2020, he employed 4,489 people who received a total of $ 327.2 million, according to payroll information posted on the SeeThroughNY website.
Offers to help revamp the agency were expected on July 23, with work scheduled to start on September 1, but the DOH still decides who to hire for the job and is “up to the two finalists,” the source said.
It’s unclear what other company competes with BCG, a private company with offices in more than 90 cities and annual revenue of $ 8.6 billion, according to its website.
In February, the New York Times reported that BCG, along with rival Deloitte, had been hired by Cuomo to help plan the state’s vaccination campaign.
The cost of this work has not yet been made public as the contract was signed amid the pandemic state of emergency that Cuomo declared in March 2020, according to the state comptroller’s office. .
One of Cuomo’s three daughters, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, worked as a BCG associate consultant in Summit, NJ, from January 2018 to February 2019, according to her. LinkedIn profile.
The state’s public servants law prohibits public servants from having a “direct or indirect” financial interest in any government transaction, but Cameron Macdonald of the nonprofit Government Justice Center in Albany said this did not apply. probably not at BCG’s job on the vaccination plan.
âI think it’s very difficult to connect Cuomo to the contract in the first place, except by reputation, and the lack of a time overlap makes the connection even more difficult,â he said.
The company also has ties to the State Executive Chamber through Simonida Subotic, a former director of BCG who was hired by Cuomo as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in July 2019, her LinkedIn profile shows.
A former DOH employee described the agency’s reorganization plan as a simple “facelift” and a healthcare industry source called it “another stupid idea from Cuomo.”
“An expensive report from an outside consultant does not help run the agency,” said the source.
BCG referred a request from The Post to DOH, according to which nine bidders submitted proposals and added that “the offers are still under evaluation”.