by Eugene Ogozalek
Jim Sechrist and Hardy Stone have been great allies and supporters of my efforts to stop the VA contracting officers in VISNs 3 and 4 from awarding architectural service contracts to firms that are owned by a disabled veteran who is not an architect. That veteran then subcontracts all of the architectural work to non-SDVOSB firms, large or small business.
For a detailed record of my efforts just visit the VetLikeMe homepage, and type in my name in the search box, Eugene M. Ogozalek, AIA. You will find a half dozen articles by me that Hardy Stone has published.
Most disturbingly, Ms. Dianne Smith and Mr. Ross Brown of the VAMC in Wilkes-Barre, PA have shut me out from any architectural work after I had protested in 2012, a $ 3.2 million architectural services award to Bray Mooney, Inc. Neither Mr. Bray nor Mr. Mooney are architects or engineers. They subcontracted “ALL” of the architectural work to Array Architects, Inc. of Philadelphia, the 24th largest medical planner in the U.S. My protest was denied, as Ms. Smith said there was no requirement in the solicitation that the SDVOSB owners be architects. Well, there goes my SDVOSB niche. In essence, Ms. Smith and Mr. Brown just opened the door to every non-SDVOSB architect in the country to be awarded SDVOSB set aside architectural service contracts by the VA.
Ms. Smith and Mr. Brown violated the “Ostensible Subcontracting Doctrine”. I am certain that they were unaware of it. If they were aware of it, they should be fired. Here is the definition of the ostensible Subcontracting Doctrine:
As a direct result of being blacklisted my Ms. Smith, and Mr. Brown, and the fact that the vast majority of architectural service awards from VISN 4 are made to firms that are “…not permitted by law to practice architecture …” in their state, my annual revenues dropped from $ 1.3 million in 2011, to $ 175,000 in 2014. I lost my 8 person staff, and my office. I now work out of my home with one employee, my son, Andrew.
To answer your question regarding the SBA taking over, they can’t be much worse than Mr. Leney leading the blind, deaf and dumb. The CVE has been Mr. Tom Leney’s personal toy. He makes his own rules, and has never had any interest in getting any help from those of us with boots on the ground to expose fraud.
I have a letter in VetLikeMe wherein I imply that he is on-the-take from contractors. That letter is titled, ” Perception is Reality” here it is:
I have not been sued yet. Since I no longer have any assets, they can sue me all they want. Mr. Leney was instrumental in removing, and thereby concealing the the names of SDVOSB firm ownership percentages from the public. That ownership data needs to be returned to the vipvetbiz site. Mr. Leney ignored my request to do so. There is only one reason to conceal the names, and that is to conceal fraud.
There is nothing more significant in my life than to have served as a rifleman with my fellow gallant Marines in combat in Vietnam. My unit in Vietnam, India Co. of the 3rd Battalion / 4th Marines ( approximately 1,200 Marines and Navy Corpsman ) sustained 88% casualties in the 12 months of 1968: that is 187 killed and 871 wounded. Among those killed ( in the same battle that I was wounded ) were company commander, Captain John Lee Prichard, Gunny Michael Mikitis, Lt. Burns, and Corpsman Ralph Wheeler, III, who patched me up in the field.
For those of you who are interested, click on this link, and scroll down the page for a brief narrative of getting wounded in combat:
Thanks for your efforts on this matter.
Eugene M. Ogozalek, AIA
India Co., 3rd Bn / 4th Marines