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PHA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES TO ADVANCE REORGANIZATION PLAN

 PHA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES
 TO ADVANCE REORGANIZATION PLAN
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Elton Jolly, special master for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), today announced that PHA has awarded a contract to Fox-Morris Associates Incorporated for personnel services which will include implementing a merit-hiring system for the selection of candidates for top-level management positions being reviewed under PHA's Reorganization Plan, introduced on Aug. 5, 1992.
 Fox-Morris Associates Incorporated, a management recruiting firm established and headquartered in Philadelphia since 1962, is one of the premier personnel consulting firms in the industry. Fox-Morris Associates maintains a network of 14 company-owned offices from coast to coast, providing executive search, recruiting, human resources consulting and career transition services to a broad array of clients in diverse industries.
 The scope of services of the contract awarded by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to Fox-Morris Associates Incorporated will include conducting the recruitment and examination process used in the selection of top managerial staff. There will be a minimum of 20 positions and a maximum of 50 positions covered by this contract. The contract was awarded for a two-year period for the amount of $242,500.
 The awarding of this contract for personnel services is a key advancement in the PHA Reorganization Plan. As stated in the plan, a two-month study of the top 75 positions of the Authority was conducted which resulted in 29 positions and their current incumbents being transferred intact to the new organization, while 28 other current employees were assigned on a temporary basis to positions in the new organization. Under the direction of a competitively hired firm, and in accordance with a new merit-hiring system, these incumbents and all other interested persons will compete for approximately 37 vacant positions in the new organization.
 To that end, the Housing Authority issued Requests for Proposals to accomplish the search for a professional firm. As a result of this open, competitive and publicly bid process, a total of 30 firms requested and received bid packages, with 12 firms formally submitting their proposals for review.
 A review committee, appointed by Jolly, was formed to review and rate the proposals. Proposals were evaluated on the firm's demonstrated ability of having performed similar work; the completion of a work plan to accomplish the objectives of the proposal; the abilities of the firm's staff assigned to fulfill the intent of the contract; and cost factors incorporating a fixed unit price formula.
 As a result of the initial review process, of the 12 proposals received, two firms were selected as submitting the best qualified and responsible bids. Those firms were then invited to make a presentation to the PHA review committee. The committee met separately with each firm to clarify details of their proposals. Each firm was then asked to submit its best and final offer for the committee to review and evaluate. As a result of the selection criteria and evaluation process, Fox-Morris Associates, of Philadelphia, had the highest rated proposal and was awarded the contract.
 To insure that compliance of PHA and HUD procurements procedures were enforced for this critical step in the Authority's advancements toward reform, oversight was also performed by the HUD Regional Inspector General's Office and the Contracting Office of HUD. Their review found that the Authority was in compliance with all PHA and federal procurement requirements.
 The awarding of this contract for personnel services to implement a merit-based hiring system for management positions, is a critical development within the PHA Reorganization Plan. This reorganizational effort, along with the PHA Ten Point Action Plan, will be addressing professional leadership and the institution of a competitive hiring system throughout the Authority. These efforts will develop a senior- level management team that will best serve the residents of the Authority, and provide another step forward toward continued improvements in the management and operations of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
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 /CONTACT: Valena Dixon of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, 215-684-4115/ CO: Philadelphia Housing Authority; Fox-Morris Associates Incorporated ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: CON


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