Magnarelli: Assembly Passes Bill to Provide More Public Oversight of State Contracts
February 2, 2006
It’s time to bring openness and transparency to the state’s shadowy world of government contracts. Taxpayers expect that their state government will be responsive and accountable to them. In an effort to keep a better eye on how tax dollars are being spent, the Assembly passed legislation I supported which will provide greater public disclosure and review of state government contracts with private consulting services (A.9421). This legislation would:
- require an annual report by the Department of Civil Service to reveal the number of employees hired contractually to perform services for state agencies;
- expand the types of contracts for consulting services that are required to be reported and to include information about the number of employees hired under those contracts; and
- call for more reporting and public disclosure of information for other contract services.