Lawmakers Take Aim At Ohio’s System of Awarding IT Contracts< < Back to
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio lawmakers have moved to impose a competitive process on information-technology contracts that state administrative officials now may award without bids.
The Columbus Dispatch reports an Ohio House budget amendment would erase the Department of Administrative Services’ system of no-bid, information-technology contracts. It requires competitive selection of firms and sign-off by a key legislative panel.
The proposal follows an investigation by the newspaper. It found department officials sometimes thwarted policy and analysts’ warnings to award millions of dollars of questionable no-bid IT contracts, often at excessive prices and to firms where former department executives worked. The review looked back to 2011.
The department has held a waiver of competitive selection on such contracts for 45 years. A spokesman says the arrangement allows flexibility that’s saved taxpayers millions of dollars.