LOS ANGELES: Yet another PR agency's bills to the LA Department of Water and Power have come under scrutiny.
City Controller Laura Chick has refused to pay invoices from The Lee Andrews Group, citing insufficient detail in the description of the work.
The bills, for more than $74,000, were returned to the DWP with a letter from Chick asking for supporting materials describing the programs and services. Chick's office released the letter to the media.
"What she is simply asking for is the agency to provide the backup deliverables in order for her to pay the bills," said Donna Andrews, president and CEO of Lee Andrews.
Andrews added that that information had been given to the DWP but apparently not forwarded to Chick. She said she had hoped to have additional information ready to present to Chick by this Wednesday.
The returned billing highlights an issue with loose contract wording that Chick has criticized in the past. Chick is asking that invoices be related back to the objectives of the work done and broken down into specific costs.
Andrews said her staff is "recategorizing and restructuring" invoices to "show what the expenses are in those individual categories, vis a vis professional services."
The questioned invoices are part of a $4.8 million contract that expired in May. However, the invoices for the work were not sent out until June and July, said Andrews.
Earlier this month, another agency, Consensus Planning Group, was accused in a Los Angeles Business Journal story of overbilling on the DWP account.
Consensus Planning was a subcontractor of Fleishman-Hillard, which has been sued by the city for allegedly overbilling the DWP.