The company that is developing the controversial Court Case Management System has agreed to pay the state $8,000 to settle charges that it failed to properly report two years of lobbying activities.
Deloitte Consulting paid lobbyist Frank Molina $122,500 between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009. Deloitte’s contract with Molina called on the lobbyist to file quarterly reporting statements as required by law, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission. But Molina never did and Deloitte never confirmed that he had, the FPPC said.
“The lobbyist had assured Deloitte Consulting that the reports had been timely filed,” Deloitte spokesman Jonathan Gandal said in prepared statement. “Once Deloitte Consulting learned that the reports had not been filed, it filed the reports and terminated its contract with the lobbyist. We regret that this situation occurred and have instituted rigorous new steps to verify proper future reporting.”
The reports for those two years reflect Deloitte’s efforts to advance the CCMS project as public scrutiny intensified. Disclosures show Molina lobbied state lawmakers, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee on the benefits of CCMS. JLAC voted in February 2010 to audit the CCMS program; that audit, released in February, raised troubling questions about the project’s management.
In 2008, the company also worked to defeat Assembly Bill 730, legislation that would have barred IT firms found liable for breach of contract from bidding on new public contracts for five years. The bill was aimed squarely at Deloitte, which had developed an allegedly faulty payroll system for the Los Angeles Unified School District. AB 730 died in the state Senate.
The FPPC has proposed fines for three other Molina clients who did not ensure that the lobbyist filed the proper forms with the state. The full commission must still approve the penalties at its April 11 meeting.