BILL WOULD REQUIRE STATE TO CLOSER REVIEW PURCHASING

A bill was sponsored by local lawmakers to look at purchasing activities by New Jersey government.
The bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Nelson Albano, and Assemblyman Matt Milam would require the state comptroller to review and make recommendations to improve the procurement process of the state and local governments, public colleges and universities, independent authorities and school boards.
Under the bill, the comptroller is required to conduct a review of the various laws, regulations, practices and procedures governing the procurement process undertaken by state government, public institutions of higher education, independent authorities, units of local government and boards of education for purposes of making or entering into contracts, purchases or agreements for goods and services.
The bill provides that the comptroller must make a report regarding the review.
The report must, at a minimum, detail the approach utilized by the comptroller in reviewing the laws and regulations, practices and procedures governing the procurement process, and enumerate any findings or recommendations that the comptroller considers will improve the efficiency, transparency, or accountability of the process.
The report, including any findings and recommendations, must be filed with the governor and the Legislature on or before the date the Governor’s annual budget message is presented to the Legislature in 2012.

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