WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 3 about D.C. councilmembers requesting an investigation into a large public contract, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Councilmember Elissa Silverman provided a crucial swing vote in awarding the no-bid sports gambling contract to Intralot. Silverman voted against it.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Officials want probe of deal given to firm with no workers
Two D.C. councilmembers have asked government officials to examine a local firm that has no employees, and yet was given the largest workload and payout from the $215 million no-bid sports gambling contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two D.C. councilmembers have asked government officials to examine a local company that has no employees, and yet was given the largest workload and payout from a $215 million no-bid sports gambling contract.
The Washington Post reports Robert C. White Jr. and Elissa Silverman want an investigation into Veterans Services Corp., which is contracted by Intralot for sports betting and city lottery work.
White’s vote was crucial in awarding Intralot the sole-source contract, despite concerns about subcontractors, some of whom are connected to local officials. Silverman voted against awarding Intralot the contract.
The newspaper says Veterans Services has no employees and lists executives on its website who don’t actually work there.
Silverman and White want Attorney General Karl A. Racine and District Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt to revisit Intralot’s contract and investigate Veterans Services’ legal compliance.