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State Comptroller Rips Port Authority for Failure to Vet Outsourced Contracts

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The state comptroller ripped the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for what he said was a failure to fully vet more than $1  billion in outsourced contracts. 

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said many of the contracts were carried over from one year to the next without any written indication that they were reviewed for cost savings.

"The one I liked in the audit is the $1.2 million contract for electrical services including such very involved tasks as changing light bulbs," DiNapoli said. "One would think that kind of expertise you would have in house in any government entity."

While the Port Authority has cut its workforce to fewer than 7,000 employees, DiNapoli said the agency needs to put outside contracting under greater scrutiny.

In a statement, the Port Authority officials said they will take the comptroller's recommendations into account as they look to reduce future costs.

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