Casagrande Responds to State Comptroller’s Report on Rutgers
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande said today’s report by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) that shows Rutgers has taken positive steps towards resolving issues with its procurement practices that arose during a 2011 audit is a step in the right direction, but additional compliance is needed.
“Over two years ago the audit by the Comptroller showed the university’s procurement procedures and practices fell short of fostering appropriate competition, thereby risking overpayment for goods and services,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “One of its recommendations was that the Legislature and governor, as well as the university, consider imposing a requirement to follow State public bidding requirements.
As a result of that recommendation, Casagrande introduced a bill, A-1959, which establishes public bidding and contracting procedures for Rutgers that mirror those in place for the State colleges.
“The need for this legislation is now crystal clear,” states Casagrande. “Although eight of 18 recommendations made in the initial audit have been implemented, my legislation addresses a key recommendation that was not.
“With tuition costs continuing to escalate, we owe it to students, parents and taxpayers to hold Rutgers accountable for its procurement practices,” she continued. “The legislation I have sponsored is necessary to ensure that all of our state colleges and universities play by the same rules.”
According to the OSC report, in addition to the implementation of eight recommendations, Rutgers has partially implemented four others while six have not yet been implemented. While Rutgers continues to limit competition for public contracts, it has eliminated a policy in which it awarded contracts without competition by declaring the contract to be “in the best interest of the university.”
“As a Rutgers Law School alumna, I know how special the university is,” the 11th Legislative District lawmaker said. “We need to make every effort to make sure that Rutgers, the State University, is above reproach.”
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