Friday, February 15, 2008

Fiscal Responsibility at LA DWP

Just a week after hiking water and power rates, the Los Angeles DWP has circulated a 56 page request for proposal for an in-house "lactation consultant". The contract is valued at around $50,000.

"The winning contractor also would be paid to show employees how to use the department's "breast pump program in traditional and nontraditional work environments." Neither the Port of Los Angeles nor Los Angeles World Airports -- two other city agencies with their own budgets -- have hired lactation specialists. But DWP officials say they have awarded such contracts since 1988 and argue that the service has improved employee morale and reduced absenteeism among new mothers."