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January 13, 2009



DiNapoli Releases Quarterly Spending for
State Agencies on www.openbooknewyork.com
1,095 New State Contracts in December

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today released state agency spending for the third quarter of State Fiscal Year 2008-09 in the Open Book New York Web site (www.openbooknewyork.com). He also noted that the state entered into 1,095 new contracts in December 2008, totaling approximately $1.3 billion.

The numbers of new state contracts dropped off in November and December and were roughly half when compared to previous months. In November, the state had 1,284 new contracts compared to 2,778 in October. The decrease in the number of new state contracts was expected given the state’s growing budget deficit and indication by Governor Paterson that state spending would be examined closer by the Division of the Budget.

“During these difficult economic times, Open Book New York is a valuable tool in helping taxpayers monitor how the state is prioritizing projects and managing the taxpayers’ money,” DiNapoli said.

The quarterly spending information for state agencies includes contractual services, travel, equipment, grants, salaries and wages, employee benefits, supplies and more.

The largest contracts approved in December include (for specific questions on these contracts, contact the state agency directly):

  • $450 million contract between the Division of the Budget and the State University of New York for a residence hall repayment agreement;
  • $123.7 million interim contract between the Department of Civil Service and United Healthcare of New York for the Empire Plan and student mental health and substance abuse program to preserve services during resolution of a bid protest; and
  • $100 million contract between the Office of General Services and International Business Machine Corporation for software and related services. This contract was negotiated by OGS and can be used by state agencies and other authorized users.

To download an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file of all new December contracts, go to www.openbooknewyork.com. Click on search state contracts. Select “All State Agencies” and under the advanced search feature, enter the time frame of December 2008.

About Open Book New York
Open Book New York (www.openbooknewyork.com) is an easy-to-use Web site that gives taxpayers unprecedented access to the financial information of state and local governments. The Web site contains searchable databases of more than 60,000 state contracts and spending for more than 100 state agencies and 3,100 local governments. All the available information can be loaded as a PDF file or an Excel spreadsheet.

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