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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     March 18, 2005                              

Release No. BFS-1





             Mary Patricia Waterhouse, director of the City Department of Budget and Fiscal Services and chief procurement officer for the city administration, issued the following statement in response to the City Auditor’s audit report on the city’s sole source, emergency and professional services procurement practices:



            “We, too, are concerned about how public money is spent. Essential to that is giving contractors and vendors a fair and full opportunity to do business with the city.


“It should be noted that the audit was conducted from July to December 2004, before the Hannemann administration took office.


“This administration agrees with some of the auditor’s findings and has already moved to address them. For example, the Department of the Corporation Counsel has already taken steps to electronically post professional services contracts it awards.


 “We differ, however, with the auditor’s conclusions regarding sole source contracts for trash receptacles, bus appliqués, workers compensation billing and payments and the emergency hiring of a computer systems professional to handle real property tax collections in 2000. We believe those procurements were justified and proper.


 “With our new administration team in place, we look forward to working with the auditor and his staff in the best interests of the public. 


“This administration is firmly committed to fair and open competition for city contracts and we are pledged to uphold and obey state and city laws – including the state procurement code and city policy -- in that regard.”


The administration’s complete responses are included as appendices to the auditor’s full report or

contact Mark Matsunaga, 352-1528.






Friday, March 18, 2005

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