Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered a review of the City’s Office of Contract Compliance (OCC) Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) program.
According to a media statement, outside, independent experts in minority and women-owned business standards will be engaged to evaluate the city’s minority business enterprise (MBE) participation and standards that have been set and established.
“Given recent events, it is evident that a thorough review of this vital program is necessary,” Bottoms said. “Mayor Maynard Jackson’s legacy of inclusion in City business leveled the playing field for generations of business owners across the nation. This administration will not allow abuse or dishonor to undermine this critical program.”
The OCC is the entity that serves as the administration authority for the city’s diversity programs. OCC’s data bases of certified firms may be accessed on the Office of Contract Compliance Page and can help prime contractors in their search for OCC certified small, minority, and/or female-owned firms for participation in applicable city diversity programs.
The review comes after the office’s former director, Larry Scott, pled guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements on tax returns. Scott was paid $220,000 over five years from an undisclosed side business that helped companies obtain government contracts — including contracts with the City of Atlanta – according to a report from the AJC.