BRIDGEPORT, Conn. ---- Mayor Joseph Ganim outlined steps his administration has taken to clean up sloppy city purchasing practices discovered from a recently completed review of the Bridgeport purchasing department.
The review was conducted by retired FBI Agent Ed Adams, in his capacity as an advisor to Mayor Ganim and as Director of Governmental Accountability and Integrity. It discovered numerous cases where city business was awarded to certain vendors ito avoid the transparency requirements of a fair and open competitive bidding process for city contractors.
Specifically, city business was awarded to certain vendors in increments smaller than the $7,500 threshold amount that would automatically require a competitive bid. Thus, vendors were in effect being awarded no-bid contracts for sums far exceeding the limit for competitive contracts in a way that appears to violate city ordinance.
“This is another step in important government reforms that will deliver on my administration’s promise to bring a more transparent city government for the citizens and taxpayers of Bridgeport,” Ganim said. “The city’s bid policy is designed to protect citizens while seeking a fair price for any good or service that will avoid favoritism when selecting a vendor."
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