Jeff Jafari leaves federal court after his hearing on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Federal prosecutors have charged Jafari, a former executive vice president of PRAD Group, on charges of bribery, witness tampering and tax evasion in the latest twist in the ongoing Atlanta City Hall corruption scandal. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Bottoms said last year she wanted to address questions about the integrity of the city’s procurement process before the city took action on the concessions contracts worth millions of dollars in revenue.
The city has been working on reforms in contracting, including the opening of an independent procurement review office.
Because of the changes, Bottoms has said she is more comfortable than she’s ever been with the process.
Atlanta’s auditor’s office released a report in February saying it had found several “areas of concern” in the airport retail concessions solicitations for bids in 2017.
In one case, a company’s proposal was moved forward for evaluation, even though the company had not submitted all the documentation, according to the auditor’s office. That could be “a red flag of bid manipulation,” the auditor’s report determined, though the city’s procurement department said the needed information had been provided by the company in other documents.
The report also said there were possibly instances when competition was suppressed, and that there were instances when the person evaluating a bid had a potential ethical conflict because of a failure to disclose a financial interest.