Wednesday, September 04, 2013

There are interviews, and there are interviews

PG covers the city's über appratchiki: Pittsburgh budget monitor has own budget woes.

Of course the real story there for most people is that the ICA still exists.  But as for the 'news' on Mr. Sciortino....... Nothing really new in any of that other than being noticed in depth for the first time.  Well, not the first time. Still the most in depth interview of the subject over his whole career  appears to be from Bram some years ago: Getting To Know Supreme Viceroy Sciortino

I think Bram is telling us that his demeanor was one of... 'who are you exactly Mr..  uh... comet?', but he was game to talk obviously.  More than he has been on record anywhere else before or since. 

Now might be worth looking into the real work of the ICA which is going on a decade.  I was curious what they have been up to of late and tried to call up the RFP for Web Services on this page, but all I got ironically was a Study of city's Bureau of Building Inspection. That is not to nitpick web editing, but says something about how much interest there has been in all the ICA has been up to over the years. I bet nobody ever noticed.

When Bram did his interview the ruminations of the ICA really mattered, but I'd say the story today is the beginning of the end for the ICA. Actually the story is also pretty clear most operations of the ICA have already wound down.  Past budgets were much bigger and included lots of things.  Anyone remember the money spent on the ERASE study which the ICA itself backed away from.. even spending 6 figures to essentially do again?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sciortino, per the PG article, is paid about $160,000, and he gets 8 weeks vacation. I'm sure the ICA has a mission statement etc., but does anybody know just what he and his staffers actually DO on any given day? What are their usual tasks? The article is silent on this.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Good times. I wonder does anyone really call him to a depth interview? He might have been anxious at the time because of "that document a member of Council is waving around" but I can't say I didn't find him accessible.

Monday, September 09, 2013 11:33:00 PM  

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