A close-up look at NYC education policy, politics,and the people who have been, are now, or will be affected by these actions and programs. ATR CONNECT assists individuals who suddenly find themselves in the ATR ("Absent Teacher Reserve") pool and are the "new" rubber roomers, people who have been re-assigned from their life and career. A "Rubber Room" is not a place, but a process.
EXCLUSIVE: Controller John Liu investigates Education Department’s $5.6 million payment to consulting firm accused of double billing
The Chicago-based Navigant was excoriated last month by Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission, which blasted its work for the Long Island Power Authority. During that time, consultants stayed in pricier hotels, had taken a seaplane trip to a Puerto Rican resort island and had an employee who billed for 3,500 hours in a single year, which is nearly 70 hours every week.
The Moreland Commission blasted Navigant’s work for the Long Island Power Authority, finding consultants put in for $585-a-night Manhattan hotels, a seaplane trip to a remote Puerto Rican resort island and an $85 dinner and $45 lunch for a single employee in Manhattan. One consultant billed for 3,500 hours in a single year — nearly 70 hours every week.
On Tuesday, Liu revealed he was looking at Navigant’s work for the schools because of its unusual method of payments.