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File #: 21-4947    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Contract - Amendment Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/8/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/14/2021 Final action:
Title: Request for discussion and possible action on the June 8, 2021 awarding of the Targeted Community Vaccine Outreach contract to Elevate Strategies LLC based on the following concerns: 1) Amount of the contract was not known. 2) The highest ranked firm was UT Health Science (an entity with 5600 employees and a valued member of this community) was not selected. 3) Did not know UT Health bid was $12 Million less than Elevate. 4) The Request for proposals waived minimum financial requirements to allow Elevate Strategies LLC to be eligible. 5) Quality local firms including minority owned firms would have submitted on the RFP had they known about it. The advertisement was done in an obscure manner. 6) Elevate strategies was a one-person firm serving as a prime. 7) Did not know who the subcontractors to Elevate were to be. 8) Did not know three of the five members of the evaluation committee were from the Harris County Judge's office. 9) Was told the agreement was to be brought back for a vote...
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Department: Commissioner, Precinct 3

Department Head/Elected Official: Tom S. Ramsey, P.E., Commissioner


Regular or Supplemental RCA:

? Regular RCA
? Supplemental RCA


Type of Request: Contract - Amendment

Project ID (if applicable): 21/0042
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): Elevate Strategies LLC
MWDBE Participation (if applicable): NA

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for discussion and possible action on the June 8, 2021 awarding of the Targeted Community Vaccine Outreach contract to Elevate Strategies LLC based on the following concerns: 1) Amount of the contract was not known. 2) The highest ranked firm was UT Health Science (an entity with 5600 employees and a valued member of this community) was not selected. 3) Did not know UT Health bid was $12 Million less than Elevate. 4) The Request for proposals waived minimum financial requirements to allow Elevate Strategies LLC to be eligible. 5) Quality local firms including minority owned firms would have submitted on the RFP had they known about it. The advertisement was done in an obscure manner. 6) Elevate strategies was a one-person firm serving as a prime. 7) Did not know who the subcontractors to Elevate were to be. 8) Did not know three of the five members of the evaluation committee were from the Harris County Judge's office. 9) Was told the agreement was to be brought back for a vote. Instead, it was presented as a non-transparent budget transfer and still has not been voted on.
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Background and Discussion:
Clearly this is not an example of best practices and the agreement should be presented for a vote with full knowledge of this information.


Expected Impact:
NA



Alternative Options:
NA



Alignment with Goal(s):
? Justice and Safety
? Economic Opportunity
? Housing
? Public Health


? Transportation
? Flooding
? Environment
? Governance and Customer Service
Prior Court Action (if any):



Location:

Address (if applicable list below):


? Countywide
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