City of Yonkers – Procurement of Professional Services (2017M-268)

Issued Date
February 23, 2018

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to determine whether officials sought competition when procuring professional services for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.


The City of Yonkers is located in Westchester County and has a population of approximately 200,800. The City is governed by an elected seven-member City Council. Budgeted appropriations for the 2016-17 fiscal year, excluding City public schools, totaled approximately $546 million.

Key Finding

  • City officials did not seek competition when procuring professional services from 22 providers totaling approximately $9.2 million.

Key Recommendation

  • The Board of Contracts and Supplies should revise its procurement policy to require City officials to seek competition when contracting for professional services or to provide justification when seeking competition will not be in the best interest of taxpayers.