2013-06-07 / Community

State Comptroller Audits Sandy Vendors

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will examine payments made by the state in response to Superstorm Sandy to make sure state agencies received goods and services at the appropriate price.

The review was sparked by possible price gouging discovered on six purchase orders submitted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHSES) last month.

That audit prompted one vendor to cut their price by more than $63,000. The Comptroller then returned the purchase orders to DHSES for adjustment and/or renegotiation.

“To assist storm response, state procurement laws were temporarily suspended

(due to Hurricane Sandy),” said DiNapoli.

“State agencies entered into emergency contracts, many of which did not require my office’s approval.

“We will check vendor pricing, make sure contracts were awarded fairly and ensure that the goods and services were delivered, to protect the public from unscrupulous behavior.”

Since the storm, the Comptroller’s office has processed more than $400 million in contracts and spending. It also posts the contracts and expenditure details online with daily updates to enhance transparency and public accountability.

The Superstorm Sandy webpage lists spending by date, amount, agency and vendor.

It contains a range of state outlays from $98 million in expedited income tax refunds for flood zone residents to $5 million for the restoration of Fire Island.

The Comptroller’s Office also maintains the Open Book New York site, a public database of state spending and contracts.

Final overall storm spending by the State is expected to be in the billions of dollars.

To survey contract and other payments related to Superstorm Sandy visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/hurricane/ contracts.htm

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