A San Mateo County civil grand jury report urges the county procurement department to tighten practices for tracking large purchases.
A grand jury investigation suggests that the county’s existing organizational structure makes it difficult to take effective action when procurements go awry. In fact, despite prior official recommendations that date back more than a decade, the department has not been able to make sufficient changes, the grand jury says.
Persisting problems include a lack of methods to monitor if the county is saving or losing money, getting consistent or the best value on purchases and whether the county is in compliance with federal and state laws. The purchasing unit and other county divisions also don’t have systems for reporting breaches of compliance.
The report said that in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the county spent $300 million on goods and services.
July 5, 2017
Half Moon Bay Review