MTA Inspector General Investigates Employee for Contract Insider Offering

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A former New York City Transit employee is no longer with the agency after an investigation revealed that Alexander Elegudin had interfered in the procurement process, according to the MTA Inspector General’s office.

In a multi-million dollar bidding process to outsource transit to commuters with disabilities, Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny found that Elegudin fueled a private speech at Curb Mobility briefing the Vice President of the company, Jason Gross, that their prices were too high.

“Giving an unfair advantage to anyone in the public procurement process is a mistake, but it is particularly egregious for a leader and an MTA supplier to do so, in a way that potentially jeopardizes a critical transportation initiative. adapted, ”Pokorny said. “This senior advisor knew he was breaking agency and New York State ethics policy by disclosing confidential information and trying to find a way for a supplier he had had a relationship with. long term, to get a second bite of the apple. . NYC Transit’s conclusion that the vendor was not responsible, which resulted in its exclusion from future MTA projects, sends a strong message to all vendors not to play games with the MTA. “

Although the seller was not held responsible, which was determined following a hearing into the matter, the case of Elegudin was referred to the Inspector General by the MTA to confirm his suspicions an once he allegedly tried in August 2020 to persuade New York City Transit to allow Curb Mobility. and other contractors vying for three- to five-year contracts for $ 579 million.

The Inspector General found that Elegudin had been informed by a member of the selection committee that Curb Mobility would not be awarded the contract and allegedly texted Gross about the cost adjustment before urging the process of submission to reopen.

This member was simply described by Pokorny’s office as a “subordinate” to Elegudin and was “advised”.

“NYC Transit takes the integrity of the procurement process very seriously – that’s why this was referred to the Inspector General immediately upon learning of the issue. Mr. Elegudin is no longer with the MTA, ”said MTA spokesperson Meredith Daniels.

According to the MTA OIG, the agency suffered no financial loss due to the fault, however, the bidding process was restarted in December 2020 for unrelated reasons. The agency did not dispute the findings of Pokorny’s office.

Elegudin resigned from her job with New York City Transit in fall 2020 after just about two years on the job.

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