Legislators Address Problems at WVU-Parkersburg

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials with West Virginia University at Parkersburg have taken responsibility for problems found in a Legislative Audit report regarding purchasing practices and bidding procedures, and have assured lawmakers the problems have been handled.

The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reports university officials were in Charleston on Monday to address the audit report to the legislative oversight committee.

Legislative Auditor’s Office analyst Jordan Reed says between 2011 and 2014, the university violated competitive bidding procedures in three instances, stringing purchase card transactions together over a short period of time.

University President Fletcher Lamkin told the committee that Chief Financial Officer Alice Harris has implemented steps to address the problems. He apologized for how some of the bidding was done, and said the purchases were likely strung together to quicken the process.