Monday, December 8, 2008

Public Works Bidding Laws Violated by Okanogan County

The Washington State Auditor's Office issued a finding that Okanogan County failed to comply with state competitive bidding laws in the remodeling of a gun range operated by the Sheriff's Department.

Here's an excerpt from the finding:

"The Department started remodeling the range in early 2007. The remodeling project was developed and managed by the Department and consistend of the renovation of the interior and exterior of the range building, grounds, and the purchase and installation of advanced targeting equipment, including electrical work. Total project expenditures were more than $100,000, not including labor costs. County employees and volunteers were used to perform the work. Our review of the project found the County:
  • Did not prepare plans or specifications for the project and no official estimate of total costs for the project was determined to correctly apply bid limits.
  • Did not use its approved small works roster to obtain quotes from contractors nor did it publish a notice of bid for the project to ensure it competitively bid the project."
It is important that public agencies provide appropriate training for their staff on public works contracting requirements and that there be clear policies and procedures governing such activity. Please contact me if you would like to discuss how I can help provide these services for your agency.

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