Tag: Department of General Services

Auditors: State didn’t guarantee best price on huge gasoline, drug contracts

The state didn’t do enough to make sure it was getting the best price available when it renewed contracts for gasoline, pharmaceuticals and other products, state auditors said in a report released Thursday.

The audit also raised concerns about Maryland’s participation in contracts made by other government bodies, which don’t require the state to go through its normal procurement process.

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Audit faults state on $90 million in contract renewals

The state didn’t do enough to make sure it was getting the best price available when it renewed contracts for gasoline, pharmaceuticals and other products, according to a state audit made public Thursday.

When the Department of General Services Office of Procurement and Logistics renewed its contract for commercial fuel services for state agencies — worth about $77 million last year — it did not analyze whether it could save money by using different suppliers. Auditors said such a cost-benefit analysis would have been “prudent,” given that the existing contract had provisions that “effectively prohibited other vendors from being able to compete for the contract.”

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