Head of Firm Sentenced in Gsa Scheme

The former president of one of the federal government's largest suppliers of office furniture was sentenced in U.S. District Court here yesterday to 90 days in a halfway house for what a prosecutor described as a "three-tiered bid-rigging scheme" to win a $15 million General Services Administration contract.U.S. District Judge William B. Bryant imposed the sentence and a $5,000 fine on Philip J. Kurens, 64, of West Orange, N.J., after an emotional hour-long hearing in which defense attorneys pleaded for probation, suggesting that if Kurens was jailed he could suffer a stroke, and his mentally ill daughter might attempt suicide.Kurens, whose former company was the target of a major fraud investigation by the Senate in 1978 and 1979, twice appeared to break down, sobbing, and slumped against a lawyers' lecturn as he tried to address Bryant. Helped to a chair by his attorneys, Kurens faced the front of the courtroom and did not look at his wife and two children huddled together in the front row."My heart goes out to the persons that you hurt," said Bryant after a long conference with attorneys. "But we must preserve certain other standards, too, of which you are completely aware."Defense attorney Barry Levine, who characterized Kurens' criminal act as a "lamentable crisis of character," told Bryant that Kurens was trying to save his company, Art Metal-USA Inc., which Levine said is the largest minority employer in Newark.Levine, who said Kurens suffered a stroke in December that left him with some memory loss and impaired verbal skills, described his client as a "decent and honorable man" whose life was "characterized by noble deeds."Levine and defense attorney David Addis complained that the presentence report prepared by the Newark probation office gave too much credence to what he said were unproved allegations against Art Metal and did not consider Kurens' long record of community service, including his December appointment to head a mayoral committee on the homeless."Who can fairly say that the government's need to incarcerate exceeds the needs of the handicapped and the homeless?" Levine asked Bryant.During the Senate investigation, an Art Metal employe testified that it was "common knowledge" the company was paying GSA inspectors to overlook shoddy furniture. Kurens and Arthur S. Lowell, the firm's general counsel, invoked Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when called to testify before a Senate Governmental Affairs panel.Kurens pleaded guilty in March to traveling from New Jersey to the District a year earlier to pay a GSA quality assurance specialist a $5,000 bribe, the first of what were to be a total of three payments involving the expected award of a $15 million contract.According to court documents filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert R. Chapman, Kurens promised to pay the inspector $10,000 for information about other companies' bids for the chair contract and to pay the inspector $50,000 if Art Metal received the contract.Art Metal, which held about $9.7 million in federal contracts when Kurens was arrested in March 1986, was suspended from receiving additional awards, pending the outcome of Kurens' case.

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Office Furniture, Cost Effective Solution for Setting Up Your Office
While setting up an office, you need furniture. Without office stuff, it is not possible to set up a workplace whether it is a home office or the regular large office.Every owner wants to buy the office equipment that is economical to save money. For this, they have to take the following steps.First of all, it is the most important step to plan your workplace. You have to figure out the office stuff that is required. This is very important for running the business. You have to decide the essential items that are needed in the workplace. In this way you can save your money by buying the essential items that you truly need and avoiding the extra ones. If you have the budget then you can buy the items that are not essential.The next important step is to make a sketch of your workplace so that you can easily decide where you will put every piece of the furniture. Planning is very important if you want to save money. If any store is offering the office stuff at discount, you have to make sure whether the furniture present at the store fulfills your requirements. This approach will not only save your money but it will also help you save your time and you will be able to focus on the other stuffs.Now after knowing your budget and having a clear idea of the amount that you can spend, you can make a better decision about buying the office furniture. If you have tight budget, you can pick the option of leasing.Functionality has more importance than the appearance. The office furniture should be purchased according to the functionality as compared to the looks. It will also help in saving money.Just check which office furniture items you already have. It is more important when you have home furniture. If you already have some well designed items of office furniture, you must not buy it again. You should use those existing items for your office in order to save money.You should have to be creative with your requirements especially if you have a home workplace. You should find out the ways to fulfill your needs with your creative ideas.There is one more option for you to save money on your office furniture. The option is that you can swap it with anyone else. There may be some person who wants to exchange his office furniture, so you can buy from him.You can also buy the office furniture from different places like auction houses or may check classified ads for the old furniture. You have the option of buy used office furniture from estate sales, garage sale and government sales. Some hotels redecorate their guest rooms after some years so you can buy the old furniture from them. The old furniture is sold at lower price so you can save your money if you buy used furniture.
Advantages of Modular Office Furniture
In today's business world, flexibility is one of the greatest keys to success, particularly in the case of small and mid-size businesses. A large business may have enough sheer power and leverage to make it on a few core services, but smaller businesses almost always need to be able to diversify in order to survive. In order to allow the necessarily level of flexibility for the company as a whole, you will need to reflect that flexibility in each separate area of your business, not only including the abilities of your employees, but also the very layout of your offices.This sort of all around flexibility will allow your business to adapt in whatever sorts of ways your current situation might dictate. One of the best ways to accomplish this degree of flexibility in your office space is through the use of modular office furniture. Of course, this may seem a bit odd to those who are not familiar with this type of furniture, but the truth is that modular office furniture is often the key to a flexible and productive office.So just what is so special about this particular type of furniture, you might ask? In essence, it is just as advertised. Modular office furniture is, well, modular, which essentially just means that it is made from pieces which are designed to fit back together in any number of different combinations. In the case of office furniture, modular essentially means that if you need to have an l-shaped desk, you would not have to go out and find such a desk, in the proper measurements. Rather, you might 'build' the desk out of two or more modular desk pieces, and perhaps a piece to join them together better.This means that you can reconfigure your office space entirely, pretty much at will. Perhaps one layout of the office worked well at some point, maybe at a time when you had fewer employees, or somewhat different tasks to accomplish, but now you are left with an outdated layout. With the use of modular office furniture, you can quickly and easily take apart such an outdated design, and rework it into a layout that is more beneficial to the specific sort of job you will be doing. Similarly, you can add on pieces as necessary, such as bookcases, and the like, as necessary in order to best facilitate your tasks.Another excellent feature of modular furniture is the ability to simply rearrange things just because you can. There have been studies that suggest that essentially any change in a previously static workplace environment can inspire an increase in productivity amongst workers. As such, if you periodically rework the layouts of your offices, you may be able to give your business' productivity the boost it needs. The trick with this method is not to rearrange your modular office furniture too often, to keep your staff from feeling lost or confused all the time, but to change it just often enough to get a real sense of difference.Copyright Jared Winston, 2007. All Rights Reserved.
Formaspace Office, Custom Furniture Manufacturer ...
As the world's architects, interior designers, and office planners convene at the annual NeoCon expo in Chicago to discover the newest commercial design trends, Austin-based Formaspace Office will exhibit six client-driven projects that showcase its unique "Co-Creation" furniture manufacturing process.NeoCon attendees are invited to learn firsthand how they can create their own unique office furniture designs -manufactured by one of America's leading custom furniture companies - by meeting the Formaspace Office executives and the engineering & design team in person at NeoCon booth #7-7062 on June 10, 11, and 12th. Attendees are also cordially invited to attend a special "Co-Creation Cocktail Hour" held at the booth on June 10 (3 - 5 pm) and June 11 (2 - 5 pm)."Since we launched the Formaspace Office brand at NeoCon in Chicago two years ago, it's helped us grow our overall business by 60%, making Formaspace one of the fastest growing manufacturing companies in America," says Formaspace CEO Jeff Turk. "Our strategy is simple: as a custom office furniture manufacturer, we can build whatever you can imagine - in large or small quantities - by working in direct partnership with YOU as part of our unique 4D (Discover, Design, Develop, Deliver) Co-Creation manufacturing process.""It's simple: no two companies are the same, no two clients are the same, and very few physical locations are the same. That's why it's difficult to create a modern, flexible office design with standard off-the-shelf solutions, you need an element of custom solutions for each project," explains Frank Bucher, Formaspace EVP of Sales. "And to get to a custom solution, you need a special partnership with a custom manufacturer - that's why we've developed the 4D Co-Creation process. It's become a key to our success, helping to make Formaspace Office furniture a favorite choice of many leading Silicon Valley-based high-tech firms. These companies understand the power that custom furniture design brings to the office environment and how it helps them convey an authentic, visually coherent brand message.""What can we build for you?" asks Bucher. "By Co-Creating with Formaspace Office, you can take complete control over the development of a coherent visual design and branding message for your entire office. And you can simplify your project management workload by working with a single furniture manufacturer that delivers exactly what you want, when you need it - from project management to production to professional on-site installation. Be sure to visit the Formaspace Office booth #7-7062 to see our custom manufacturing capabilities first hand and to meet our engineering and design team."Visit the Co-Creation Projects On Display at Formaspace Office's NeoCon Booth #7-7062 June 10 - 12, 2019 at Chicago's Merchandise MartNeoCon visitors are encouraged to visit the Formaspace Office booth #7-7062 located on the 7th floor of Chicago's Merchandise Mart from June 10 through June 12, 2019. Architects, designers, space planners and more can meet the company's engineering and design team in person to learn more about the company's custom manufacturing capabilities and tour the Co-Creation projects on display, including the following:Collaboration Zone: When it's time to get down to business, the Collaboration Zone provides a dedicated space for the hands-on project and brainstorming sessions, with built-in whiteboards, video screens, and more.Flex Office: Fast-growing companies know the challenge of keeping up with ever-changing employee workspace needs. These mobile Weldmarx work desks, originally developed for the fintech division of major finance company, allow employees to take back control and "hack" their own layout configurations.Outdoor Lounge: Today's employees want to take their work with them wherever they to go, including the great outdoors. The Outdoor Lounge offers a durable work environment built to withstand exterior conditions while maintaining a coherent visual look that connects the exterior and indoor design elements together into a unified design.Team Zone: Encourage collaboration by adding a Team Zone to new construction or to an existing office space. The custom vintage-looking table on display at NeoCon is a prime example of Formaspace Office's 4D Co-Creation process; it was designed in partnership with (and manufactured for) a major West Coast media company.Huddle Zone: When the conference room is too big and too far away, it's time to move to the Huddle Zone for a quick conversation between colleagues. Huddle Zones with bar stools and cocktail height tables can also serve as hospitality areas for casual office meetings and receptions.Lounge Zone: Employees looking to move around during the workday are attracted to casual environments that blend the best characteristics of residential, commercial, and hospitality design. The Lounge Zone serves as an alternative work area that offers the opportunity for more spontaneous interaction between employees, helping to break down departmental "silos" at work.Lucky NeoCon visitors can also win a fun 2-day trip for two to Austin, Texas - home of Formaspace Office - by posting a photo of their favorite Formaspace Office furniture from booth #7-7062 on their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn accounts.About Formaspace OfficeYou imagine it. We build it. Formaspace Office fosters the spirit of discovery and creation through the design and manufacture of unique, made-in-America furniture solutions, from discovery to delivery. To learn more about our large-scale, custom manufacturing capabilities and our unique furniture systems for large and small conference rooms, private offices, co-working spaces, makerspaces, cafes, lounges, laboratories, industrial environments, K-12, Universities, and beyond, please visit
Trump Stands by EPA Chief As Probes into His Conduct Expand
WASHINGTON - Scott Pruitt is facing new and expanded ethics investigations for his handling of taxpayer dollars and possible perks he's gotten as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.Staff for the Republican-led House Oversight committee confirmed Monday that it has expanded its review of Pruitt's travel spending to now include ethical questions surrounding his bargain $50-a-night rental of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a fossil fuels lobbyist.The Office of Government Ethics also has issued a letter to EPA demanding documents related to the condo rental. And it reports that at least five agency officials faced retaliation after questioning Pruitt's outsized spending for travel, unprecedented security precautions and pricey office furniture.In a letter dated Friday, Acting Government Ethics Director David Apol called media reports of Pruitt's actions "extremely concerning." "The success of our government depends on maintaining the trust of the people we serve," Apol wrote. "The American public needs to have confidence that ethics violations, as well as the appearance of ethics violations, are investigated and properly addressed." President Donald Trump defended Pruitt in a tweet Saturday night, saying the EPA chief is "doing a great job" and downplaying the ethical questions swirling around Pruitt. He called Pruitt's security spending "somewhat more" than Pruitt's predecessor and said Pruitt had received death threats "because of his bold actions at EPA." Pruitt was at the White House on Monday for a cabinet meeting and was seated at the far end of the table from Trump. The president did not acknowledge Pruitt while reporters were present or address the ethical cloud swirling around his EPA chief.At the daily White House briefing, spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump's Saturday night tweet meant the president approved of his cabinet secretaries flying first-class and tripling the size of their security details."We are reviewing the specifics of each of those components," Sanders replied. "I know there was a much larger number of security issues surrounding the EPA administrator than in the past." EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins is now conducting at least five investigative audits related to Pruitt, including a previously undisclosed probe into questionable spending by his swollen security detail. The Associated Press reported Friday that the 20-member team tasked with providing day-and-night protection for Pruitt had racked up salary, overtime and travel expenses approaching $3 million.
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Executive Office Furniture for Staff
Undoubtedly, the office furniture for the staff should be of high quality and comfortable. However, furniture for management - it is quite another matter. And the cost and appearance items of furniture for the head should look "at a high level." Today, the office management of any enterprise is not just a room in which to solve important problems, this place have a big impact, both on the development of the entire company as a whole, and future specific people in particular.Because of this responsible role, indoors head typical items of office furniture will look out of place, the situation here should be not only convenient, it must characterize a certain image, which in the future will be associated with the company as the customers and the partners. Basically the room environment for the head is performed in strict classical style, but recently very often it is performed in the style of hi-tech or avant-garde. But it is not so important as the style of study, how well in tune interior items with each other.Next features have office desks that are installed in the office of the head. These pieces of furniture are very different from the tables of the staff, as the functionality and dimensions. The presence of a massive, large table will talk about the seriousness and prospects of the company, and it is a definite plus in long-term cooperation. In general, these tables are presented for the office set out the main elements and several additional, which are designed for visitors and staff.The chair in which management holds a significant part of working time should be convenient. This element of the interior has to be perfect, both technologically and aesthetically, it has to stand out from the whole situation. Today, the office chair equipped with gas lift, which allows you to change the height of the seat and adjust the backrest tilt. The chairs are made with springs rolling, so neither can change the angle of the backrest These pieces of furniture, like an office chair and table are necessary, but in the office of the head may be present, and soft furnishings. Its mission - is the ability to create a relaxed atmosphere, and it is important to communicate with partners or clients, and is often a very effective solution.Whatever the situation, the pieces of furniture in the office of the head must be made of expensive and high-quality materials. Mainly used for covering the skin and for cabinet furniture precious woods and expensive hardware components.
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You need to sit on them, examine how they are made, understand the coverings available and the finishings.And this is hardly possible on a computer screen.Add to this situation the fact that most of the fiurniture you buy needs some complicate assembly and installation, and you end up with a very tricky situation where the quality and the design of the piece you want to buy plays just a little part in the whole equation.And also, the distribution model has changed, and is changing constantly. The latest innovations come from the big groups. From Amazon, which is developing its own line of furniture, and has launched some models recevtly, and IKEA, which is offering a lease option to the public.So, in a situation like this, the consumer is left rightfully wondering what the best option would be - and I can say only one thing:There is no magic formula in buying furniture: each buyer has his own preferences.I have known people who would merrily buy everything online without skipping a beat, even the most costly pieces, and others which would require to try personally even the fabric of a single pillow - so, as you can see, there is no universal way to buy furniture.If you are a professional retailer, the situation changes drastically.In this case, there is only one way to buy furniture professionally - and it is, if you want to avoid surprises, to go straight to the source of the items. That is, to the place where they are presented and made available.And I am talking about the furniture fairs.Before the internet, before the computers, furniture was made and sold through furniture fairs, and natworks of brick and mortar stores in the different nations. But to meet the source of supply, for economic reasons, the best bet was to visit a trade fair.The best ones are the usual suspects: Milan Salone del Mobile, Cologne IMM Cologne, Paris Maison & Objet, London 100% Design - just to stay in Europe (but Milan is the most important fair in the world, design-wise).If you are living in the USA, I would mention also the ICFF in New York and the famous High Point Market exhibition.But for the majority of the world market, and not just for the most select styles (which play a smallish part of the whiole market), you have to turn East.That is, to China.The Chinese fairs are sort of amazing, and growing steadily year by year, both for affluence and the quality of the products. And one of them actually is picking up speed amazingly, which is CIFF.The China International Furniture Fairis one of the most established in the business, and is organized twice a year, in March and in September, respectively in Guangzhou and in Shanghai.The next edition of the CIFF will is scheduled for March 18-21, 2019 in Guangzhou - the city is what Westerners used to call Canton. The 43rd edition of CIFF will take place at in Hongqiao district of Guangzhou over two phases, a solution which is necessary to accommodate the whole field of the furniture business: the 1st, from 18 to 21 March 2019, is dedicated to home furnishings, outdoor and leisure furniture, home décor and home textiles; the 2nd, from 28 to 31 March, will instead be focused in office furniture, hotel furnishings, accessories, metal furniture, and furnishings for public spaces and reception areas. It will also sport a space dedicated to materials and machinery for the furniture industry.The results of the fair are very clear. CIFF Guangzhou had an enormous success, with a 36% more affluence of the past edition, and will host over 4,100 exhibitors in the premises of the fair, extending over 760,000 square metres, around 50% more than the last edition.The quality of the products have improved substantially. Most of the recent Chinese furniture production is stylishly made and offers a very good quality, up on a par with comparable Western furniture of the same level and niche. Forget your preconceptions about flimsy products and dangerous materials - it is not going to happen anymore.And apart from the quality of the products and strategic alliances that the Fair has secured, the same participating companies are proceeding at the fastest pace to serve their customers worldwide, many of them offering a nononsense complete service to manage easily the import/export practices from China to everywhere esle in the world.So, if you are a professional furniture retailer, visiting CIFF would be a smart idea. More, CIFF is held concurrently to another very good furniture fair, which is Furniture China, so you could visit both (and well, there are many of the bigger companies which exhibit in both fairs.As a note to my readers, I mostly write about high-end and luxury objects, like watches, furniture and design: so if you are interested in those fields, be sure to check my other answers and follow me. 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Spice Up the Sitting Area in Your Office with Waiting Room Chair
There is no point to get confused with the waiting room chairs and regular office furniture. For the regular office furniture for your staffs, you can simply choose some of the simple and plain furn... There is no point to get confused with the waiting room chairs and regular office furniture. For the regular office furniture for your staffs, you can simply choose some of the simple and plain furniture which are durable and comfortable enough for your staff to sit and work throughout the day. But you have to take extra care when it comes to waiting room chair . A perfect waiting room can make a good impression on your customers or potentials clients who visits your office regularly and waits for their turn. A nice and neat seating arrangement with nicest waiting room chair contributes largely in making an impact on your potential clients and can make or break any deal. There are several points that you should keep in mind while going for a redesigning of the seating area in your office. There are some important things that one must remember when buying waiting room chair for the corporate guests and customers. Few things that you should always take into consideration before stepping in to the furniture market: Here we have given you a rough guideline on how you should prepare to buy for the waiting room chair within your budget. You can hire professional designers for your help to make the waiting area look really stunning and comfortable.
Belgium Asylum Row: Bailiffs Threaten Minister's Furniture
Belgium's immigration minister joked that bailiffs had removed his office furniture after he failed to pay a court-imposed fine for refusing to grant asylum to a Syrian family.Theo Francken posted an image of an empty office on Facebook, although it soon emerged nothing had been taken.The Syrian family, who live in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, were granted visas by a Belgian tribunal.They have been offered food and lodging by friends in Namur (Namen).Mr Francken argues the family's links to Belgium are weak and he will not open the door to "asylum chaos".The minister has refused to pay fines of €4,000 (£3,600 ; $4,450) per day - a total bill now said to have surpassed €30,000. He was handed a letter by bailiffs on Monday and posted a picture of an empty party office on Facebook on Wednesday."With or without furniture we carry on working," he said. "My team and I can always request political asylum anyway in the office of my good colleague and friend, (Interior Minister) Jan Jambon," he joked. A spokeswoman later told the BBC that no furniture had yet been taken although the threat existed. The ministry was appealing against both the fine and the ruling, she said.The family seeking asylum includes two children of five and eight and has the support of a Belgian family who have promised to pay for all their costs.The family of four live in Aleppo, which has seen years of bombardment and fighting between the government and rebels, and their home is said to have been destroyed. The father left the city in August to travel to Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon to apply for asylum at the Belgian consulate. Reports said he did not want to subject his family to the risk of people smugglers and a dangerous Mediterranean crossing."The (court) has said their situation is exceptional," said their lawyer, Mieke Van den Broeck. "This is really urgent for us: the situation in Aleppo is getting worse. There's an offensive under way, and we've lost contact with our clients."The lawyer accused Mr Francken of trampling on Belgium's separation of judicial and government powers. "He's actually playing with our clients' lives and with Belgian tax money." But Mr Francken, who is a member of the centre-right New Flemish Alliance, countered that the family should have applied for refuge in Lebanon itself, and that courts should not set asylum policy."I am elected to serve the public interest and will continue to do so," Mr Francken said, insisting that Belgium had already welcomed refugees but did not support granting the family a home in this case.If he did let the family in, he argued, then he would have to send every Syrian a three-month visa, even if they had no connection with Belgium.
What Does Your Office Furniture Say About Your Business?
You spend enough time in your office to make it worth your while making good decisions when you are buying office furniture. Of course you need furniture that is fit for purpose, but if the environment is also pleasant you will get more out of your staff. When you are buying office furniture avoid making snap decisions. We look at just some of the things you should consider before buying furniture for your office.Attractive office furniture is important, but the most important factor is to ensure that your furniture is suitable for your work. Some really stylish and modern looking furniture can actually be quite uncomfortable to sit on, remember how much time you will be spending in this chair before you buy!When you are choosing office furniture for your staff, think about what they do all day. Dont feel that you need to buy the exact same furniture for everyone; people doing different jobs may also need different furniture.Fashions change, so think about the longevity of the style of furniture you are buying. Todays in colours may change quicker than you think, will you feel comfortable having very brightly coloured furniture that is no longer fashionable? A more neutral colour may have a greater longevity so long term could save you money and embarrassment. When you have chosen the style of office furniture you want, before you buy it ask yourself two simple questions; what does this furniture say about my business? Is this the impression I want my clients to have when they visit my office?Dont make the surprisingly easy mistake of buying office furniture that doesnt fit in your office. Once everything is in the office will you have plenty of room, not just for the furniture itself, but to open cupboards and draws? Its best to give plenty of thought to making the best use of your space, in the end this will lead to a better office environment. Also think to the future when it comes to space, will you be able to naturally expand your office as business needs dictate?
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