Broward County’s clownless procurement rodeo continues

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Forget about pink being the new black. Broward is the new Miami-Dade.   

The staff-led selection committee that for weeks/months/#seemslikeaneternity has been looking to select a vendor for its accounting system has now managed to make even less sense and compound bad decisions with an even worse decision.  After receiving four proposals to their request, they have chosen to now back off that plan, throw out procurement code and just pick for themselves which software and which provider they would like. 

Even worse, they first recommended to REJECT all bids THEN willy nilly chose software that not a single person on the selection committee saw demonstrated because none of them attended ANY of the presentations. Not one.

You just can’t make this stuff up people.   

To be clear, when I recommended they start over I did not mean from a place of ZERO and to just throw them all out and come up with their own process that has no guidelines and is basically a clown-less rodeo.  What I meant was to toss the cost normalization Mickey Mouse system and go back to an apples-to-apples, cost and risk comparison of the product and the services being offered. 

Paging a Broward County Commissioner to step in and fix this.  Anyone?  Anyone?  Guidelines, process, procurement code? 

This is becoming an exhausting exercise in #whatwilltheythinkofnext.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.