Determine whether Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) milk bidding practices foster competition.
- Milk bidding practices used generally resulted in receiving multiple bids for participating school districts (districts).
- Maximized buying volume and allowed districts to receive the lowest price for chocolate fat free milk half-pints.
- May have saved as much as $355,000 (15 percent) on fat free chocolate milk half pints in 2016-17, in places where it was not used to maximize buying volume.
BOCES officials’ responses to our findings and recommendation are in Appendix B.
- Consider other bidding methods, such as a cooperative purchase, to maximize buying volume when procuring milk to help ensure the districts utilize the most cost effective purchasing option.
1 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7 Section 210.10
2 New York State General Municipal Law Section 103