The company has submitted three additional bills to the Development Office, but those invoices haven't been forwarded to the Auditor's Office for payment.
The Auditor's office rejected ICF's initial payment request on May 4. ICF's lead consultant on the West Virginia contract, Keith Montgomery, would not comment Monday on the Auditor's decision.
"I don't have any comment on that," said Montgomery, whose 77 hours of work on the West Virginia contract was billed at $255 an hour. "I don't have any information to comment on."
In 2005 and 2006, Burdette worked as a paid lobbyist for iTown Communications. Montgomery was the former president and CEO of iTown.
For years, Burdette publicly lobbied city and county officials in West Virginia to sign contracts with iTown, which offered to provide government-subsidized broadband Internet services to rural towns and counties. At the time, Burdette also served as director of the Wood County Development Authority.
"He used to be the person we used for advisory services for Wood County," Montgomery said.
ITown went out of business several years ago. "We shut it down," Montgomery said Monday.
ICF was the second-lowest bidder for the broadband advising contract, but was awarded the job after the five-member review committee -- appointed by Burdette -- gave ICF's proposal the highest score.
Montgomery is a native of Vienna, in Wood County. Burdette's lobbying firm, the Burdette Group, was based in Vienna.
"I like Keith [Montgomery], but I wouldn't say he's a close, personal friend," said Burdette about his relationship to Montgomery on Monday.
Last week, Burdette said ICF would review how state officials were spending more than $126.3 million in federal economic stimulus funds to expand high-speed Internet in West Virginia. The review is expected to include a financial audit.
Burdette's announcement followed Gazette reports that state officials are using $24 million from the stimulus grant to put 1,000 high-powered Internet routers in small libraries, elementary schools and health clinics, even though the equipment is designed to serve major research universities, medical centers and large corporations.
The state purchased the Cisco series 3945 routers, even though a state Office of Technology administrator warned that the pricey devices "may be grossly oversized," according to an email obtained by the Gazette. The routers cost $22,600 each.
The newspaper also reported that the state has 366 routers in storage -- nearly two years after purchasing them. The devices direct data, such as email and web pages, from one computer network to another. As part of its West Virginia contract, ICF also is working on several additional projects, including an analysis of the state's broadband infrastructure.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.