Employees don’t buy ‘computer system is to blame’ explanation for late contractor payments

Judging by the content and the tone of comments to our report, “BBG orders that contractors be paid on time by Thanksgiving,” IBB/BBG employees don’t buy the management’s explanation that an outdated computer system is to blame for late payments to contract employees. Those employees who have commented see the explanation as a typical ploy by the managers responsible for the problem to deflect the blame from themselves. Employees also make fun of the BBG-imposed Thanksgiving deadline for paying contract employees and vendors on time. BBG Watch has received numerous employee complaints about poor leadership, poor employee morale, lack of training, and general turmoil in the office responsible for processing payments. Here are some of the comments to our earlier post: Anonymous says 11 February 12, 5:52pm “According to our sources, IBB/BBG executives tried to deflect the blame for late payments from themselves by insisting that the problem is only due to the BBG computer system, which they describe as being so old that these managers cannot distinguish the late payments to contractors from late payments to vendors who are suppliers of materials or products.” – this is a business process/training problem and not a system problem. Many other agencies use this same version of the software and have had for YEARS. Even the updated versions of the software, have the same design for payments and invoices. How come they do not have problems paying their vendors? Management can say, it is because the software is outdated, blah blah. That is gibberish. Management is just defending its obvious incompetence. (reply) (edit) Anonymous5 says 11 February 12, 6:07pm A manager in the office responsible for paying vendors, is also trying to get Human Resources to replace their system. Why would this manager be spending time doing this? They should be focusing on their own system that they are responsible for and fixing the problems with their system. A friend is the CFO of the payroll system provider in New Orleans. Human Resources already has a system, that works effectively and they dont want to change it. Look at the employees at BBG, they get paid on time. The HR/payroll system that pays employees is completely different from the system that pays contractors/vendors. (reply) (edit) Anonymous6 says 11 February 12, 6:14pm And why are there so many chiefs in that office? They need more people to enter payments and do training in that office. They need more people to do the actual work. They have a Deputy CFO and a Deputy Director of Operations. (reply) (edit) Anonymous7 says 11 February 12, 6:16pm P.S. The surrogate broadcasters use the same financial system to pay their vendors as BBG! I believe they are paid through the Department of State, which uses the SAME, EXACT financial system. Wow!!!!! How about them apples? (reply) (edit) Anonymous says 11 February 12, 8:58pm By THANKSGIVING? They’re going to make contractors wait only ten more months to be paid? Wouldn’t ten years be a more realistic goal? (reply) (edit)…

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