School Bussing Companies are Not Bidding for Jobs; the Comptroller Cannot Audit the NYC DOE. Why Not enforce a Change?
School bus contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year have been awarded without public bids since 1979, while almost 1/2 of the $1.36 billion in no-bid contracts for the 2003 fiscal year has gone toward transportation, says the NYC DOE. The Education Department - which spends about $2.5 billion a year on goods and services - is not subject to review by the comptroller.
Why cant we have the Comptroller audit the Department of Education, as well as the Office of Pupil Transportation?
Why are school bussing companies allowed to obtain lucrative contracts without competitive bidding?