Osage LLC is not interested in another government bailout, thanks.
Speaking before the Congress’ Commerce and Economic Development Committee on July 30, Executive Vice President Gina Gray made a different request while updating the legislature on the company’s status.
“We need work,” Gray said. “I’m not here to ask for money. I’m here to ask for work.”
“We are ready and willing to get to work.”
The company is wrapping up a contract at Tinker Air Force Base and recently signed a renewal agreement for work at Fort Leonard Wood in central Missouri. Its leadership has been making the rounds in an effort to secure additional federal contracts, but the search is still ongoing while attempting to restore the business’ reputation.
Attempts are underway to rebuild the company’s relationship with Tinker Air Force Base’s contracting officers to pursue additional construction projects in the future, but as Osage LLC’s leadership cautioned the legislative branch, those efforts will take time.
At one point in late 2018, Osage LLC had 25 outstanding construction projects at the central Oklahoma base alone. All but three projects have since been closed.
“We had people on site who were collecting a check, but they were not doing the work,” Quality Control Officer Molly Franks said, referring to a now-former subcontractor that represented Osage LLC at Tinker Air Force.
When pressed by Congressman Scott BigHorse about rumors floating around during this year’s Inlonshka, Gray confirmed to the committee members that Osage LLC currently does not have a business relationship with the Pawnee Nation or any businesses owned by the tribe.
Osage LLC previously worked with a Pawnee-owned construction firm. That relationship was terminated in writing in January after an in-depth performance audit determined that the construction firm was improperly charging Osage LLC and not performing the work laid out in the contract.
As of July 31, Osage LLC leadership had not received any response to the termination letter or their claims that they are owed more than $51,000 by the business.
“At the end of the day, the documentation speaks for itself,” Gray said, referencing a stack of documents provided to members of the Commerce Committee. “Receipts. Letters and notices from contracting officers showing that the work isn’t getting done and they’re not happy. They’re asking … ‘Why aren’t you guys out here? Why haven’t you started?’”