September 12, 2011
DiNapoli: New System Streamlines Public Authority Contract Submissions
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced a new web-based system for the submission of State public authority contracts that will streamline the contract filing process, provide easier public access to information and improve government efficiency.
"These challenging times require New York State to do more with fewer resources," DiNapoli said. "This new public authority contract submission system builds on our ongoing efforts to improve public authority transparency and accountability in a cost-effective manner. Using innovative approaches to enhance compliance with important oversight requirements, we continue to make state government leaner and more efficient."
State authorities that are required to submit contracts to the Comptroller for prior approval or filing under the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009 will be provided access to the paperless system. The secure, web-based application will allow public authorities to instantly submit required contract documentation. A portion of these public authority contracts are subject to the Comptroller's review, and the new system will facilitate that review process as well.
DiNapoli's office today held a demonstration of the new system for authorities. The training session will be rebroadcast on the web in the near future. Representatives from 19 state authorities were present for the live demonstration, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York Power Authority.
In addition to providing the public with up-to-date information about state agency contracts and state and local government finances, the Comptroller's Open Book New York website now also includes data on public authority contracts. The addition of public authority contract data advances Comptroller DiNapoli's commitment to increasing the transparency and efficiency of state operations.
To visit the Open Book New York website, go to http://www.openbooknewyork.com.