Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-09-21 13:30:58 –
In a letter sent to Director Scott Elder on Tuesday, NMPED Executive Secretary Kurt Steinhaus listed four conditions that the district must meet before receiving federal CTE funding for 2021-22.
- APS needs to review and update federal procurement procedures to strengthen control to ensure better separation of duties against fraud, waste, and abuse.
- APS needs to implement revised policies and procedures and train staff to comply with them.
- APS must be involved as an NMPED-approved independent auditor to monitor the implementation of conflict of interest policies and federal procurement procedures in the CTE program.
- APS must specify a point person who will communicate with NMPED on a regular basis until October 1st, until the conditions are lifted.
APS is also required to submit accounting with funding sources for all payments made to Robotics Management Learning System LLC between 2016 and 2021.
APS has paid Robotics $ 5.3 million since it first signed a bid-free licensed software agreement in 2013. In 2018, APS employees discovered that Robotics did not have a website, company address, or phone number, and a company check was sent to an Albuquerque PO Box owned by Williams Stapleton’s son. The indictment accuses Robotics of spending nearly $ 954,386 on companies and nonprofits associated with Williams Stapleton.
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