2 Denver agencies look into how minority contracts are awarded

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DENVER -- The Minority/Women Business Enterprise program is getting audited by Economic Development and the City Auditor’s Office. The two agencies are looking into whether a $39 million contract awarded to a black/women owned business may have violated any of the program’s accounting guidelines.

“We are doing our audit, to find out if the contract to Burgess Services is in order,” said Auditor spokesman Denis Berckefeldt. “We have no reason to believe anything illegal was done, as in the contract firm owner Denise Burgess promised to sub-contract work out to two other companies with the skills to perform the work needed at the airport.”

City Councilor Albus Brooks said the M/WBE program is federal but run with city oversight.

“We want to make sure the program is being operated correctly which is why Economic Development is also looking into all contracts let by the program. If anything is amiss the Council will definitely correct  the problems.”

The Auditor’s report is due in December, while the ECODEVO audit is due in September.


  • ColoradoCOmmish

    Isn’t this racist and bigoted?… We don’t issue, award, determine, or bestow a job based on the person or group being the best, brightest, most reasonable, or credible any longer? Now it’s based on Race, and Private Parts?… How Odd.
    What exactly does “Equal” and “Fair” mean again?

  • Porsche

    Yes, minorities are special people. They’ve been special since they are the closest to apes – genetically.

  • SpamFace Plant

    If these contractors were competitive in quality of work they wouldn’t need special incentives and govt “masters” to divvy out the work, they’d be selected based on professional competence and ability to submit a bid commensurate with the RFP. Most women owned construction enterprises are front for the old man who has the skills and licenses to do the work.

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