The independent procurement review also found that the company with the existing airport contract may enjoy a benefit over would-be rivals. It said the city was “withholding information” known by the incumbent from other companies that wanted to compete for the contract. The city did not provide information on square footage of buildings to be served, equipment to be turned over in a transition to a new contractor and other details, and said it was dependent on the airport for that information.
However the incumbent, a joint venture of Engie and MiJoy, did not end up winning the contract.
Instead, a different company, Meridian Urban Joint Venture LLC, was selected to win the $13.7 million contract. The Atlanta City Council transportation committee voted Wednesday in favor of the deal, which now goes to the full council for approval.
City Council member Andre Dickens, who chairs the council transportation committee overseeing the airport, said the audit “was necessary. It’s doing exactly what it was intended to do. … That’s why the independent procurement review office was put in place.”