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State Comptroller Says Rutgers Is Still Limiting Competition On Contracts

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
August 28, 2013

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Rutgers is drawing criticism for not doing enough to change a practice that could potentially be costing taxpayers.

State Comptroller Matt Boxer says Rutgers' practice of awarding contracts to a limited number of vendors has led to higher costs for the school—and for taxpayers—due to a lack of competition. Even though Boxer says Rutgers has improved their bidding process since his initial audit two years ago, he says more needs to be done.

“They still have a long way to go in making sure that they are advertising all of their contracts to the public and engaging in other steps to ensure a transparent contracting process that is involving adequate price competition to make sure that contracts are being awarded to the vendor who can offer the best deal for the public.”

Boxer says that as a result of the recent merger between Rutgers and UNDMJ, the university is promising to make their contracting practices more competitive.

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