Determine whether Otselic Valley Central School District (District) officials used a competitive process to procure goods and services not subject to competitive bidding.
District officials did not always seek competition to procure goods and services not subject to competitive bidding.
- Out of nine purchases under the competitive bidding threshold reviewed totaling $109,671 and two professional service contracts totaling $35,038, officials did not seek competition for a transportation efficiency study ($32,500), purchases of ice melt ($10,845) and information technology equipment ($8,512), or for the school District’s attorney that was paid $21,038 during our audit period.
- District officials may have saved $13,781 on fuel costs had they been able to use State contracts.
- Procurement policies and procedures were inadequate and did not help ensure officials sought competition for goods and services.
- Update the procurement policy and related procedures to include detailed guidance for procuring goods and services not subject to competitive bidding requirements.
- Periodically compare prices for goods and services to State contracts and contracts bid by other governments.
District officials agreed with our findings and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.