Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Not exactly "worst fears"

John Kennedy gets excited too easily.
But state Treasurer John Kennedy said the audit raises alarms and that the current system doesn’t provide for a central database for the public to keep track of contracts.

The audit notes that 4,599 contracts totaling about $278.6 million were delegated out and would not show up in a centralized system.

“This confirms my worst fears,” he said. “Not only do we have too many contracts, but we’re hiding from the public the number of consultants we’re hiring. It’s time to completely reform the way contracts are handled in state government.”
Are there really "too many contracts"? Maybe, maybe not. There's bloat in any bureaucracy, really.  A certain amount is to be expected and tolerated.  But having all of them in a central database would be nice.  And not just for auditing purposes. 

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