State contract with D.C. consulting firm larger than previously reported

The Shumlin administration’s controversial contract with a Washington, D.C., consulting firm is even larger than previously reported.

A third amendment to the contract, signed on Aug. 30, added another $1 million for everything from the production of meeting agendas to the convening of focus groups to “brand testing.” The drafting of “mission and vision statements” alone cost $8,000, according to the contract, which is posted online at

http://dvha.vermont.gov/administration/amendment-3-final-package.pdf

The contract amendment, which brings the contract’s total value to $2.8 million, was not put out to bid. Alicia Freese at VTDigger.org was the first to report on the full value of the contract.

We’ll have more on this story later today, and in tomorrow’s editions of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald.