KPMG’s $41 Million Boondoggle
In June 2015 the County of Riverside solicited external consulting services for a narrow, policy wonk review of the criminal justice system.
Five firms responded to the county’s request and submitted bid packages. The county established a five-person panel to evaluate the bids, among the panelists was Riverside County CEO George Johnson.
Fuzzy Evaluations & Big Bids
The five member panel evaluated and scored each of the bids according to pre-established criteria.
Of the five bidders, KPMG scored second to last.
Additionally, KPMG’s bid of $761,600 was more than twice as expensive as the second highest bidder.
Despite the low score and exorbitant bid, George Johnson recommended that the board of supervisors award the contract to KPMG.
Even more troublesome than the bidding process is what happened over the next few years.
What began as a $760,000 expenditure focused on the criminal justice system has since expanded to a $41 million monster touching on nearly every county department.
All of this happened through amendments approved by the board of supervisors, with no competitive bidding or public oversight.
What Are We Paying For?
To date, we have nothing to show for $41 million in taxpayer money. The County has refused to provide any documents regarding the oversight and value of KPMG’s contract. Essentially, the County has handed over the decisions they were elected to make to an unaccountable, unelected foreign company.
Sources close to the board have even indicated another $20 million expansion is possible and being considered, without any further competitive bidding.
In May, a diverse collection of political and community leaders, including U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León, gathered in Riverside to deliver a “State of Riverside” address and demand a public accounting of Riverside County’s contract with KPMG.
Additionally, candidates for the open Board of Supervisors seats have almost unanimously denounced the KPMG deal in the pages of the Press-Enterprise.
Enough is enough. It’s time to demand accountability from the Board of Supervisors.
KPMG by the Numbers
KPMG in the News
The biggest loser of this Riverside County election cycle could be an accounting and consulting company, KPMG.
Candidates running for two seats on the county Board of Supervisors aren’t happy with the $40 million-plus the firm has gotten to find efficiencies and savings for a county government struggling to make ends meet…
Board Candidates on KMPG
Speak Up For Your Tax Dollars
Get involved and let the people you voted for know how you feel!
Call the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and demand they release a detailed report on the supposed “savings” found by foreign consultants KPMG.