Nassau county starts new contract-approval system _ newsday

Nassau County is rolling out its first digital system for tracking and approving contracts, part of a larger overhaul of procurement policies that follows nearly two years of criminal investigations into how agreements were awarded.

The new system, being implemented first in the information technology and parks departments, is designed to make it easier for county officials to track the nearly two dozen signoffs each contract must receive before execution — a routing process that includes the transfer of paperwork, without a centralized way to monitor it all.

It will also create a database of vendors’ disclosures of financial and lobbying information, and political contributions, so officials can more easily spot potential conflicts of interest.

Both issues have been central to federal and local prosecutors’ probes of Nassau contracts, which account for hundreds of millions of dollars a year paid to outside companies.

Top 10 data recovery District Attorney Madeline Singas has called the county’s scattered, paper-based contract approval process “a recipe for corruption.”

“Moving away from having to review every single thing on paper is hugely important to the success of really making this a better process,” said Robert Cleary, the county procurement compliance director, who was hired last May as part of County Executive Edward Mangano’s efforts to reform the contracting system.

• Each county department must designate its own chief contracting officer and, with each contract, provide a memo detailing how officials chose the winning vendor. Database job titles Currently, many departments don’t include this information in contracts filed with the county legislature, which votes on all agreements of $1,000 or above.

• In an effort to reduce the number of projects that attract only one bidder, the county will increase the advertising period from 5 days to 15 days.

• In an effort to increase participation from minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, the county’s Office of Minority Affairs will receive 30 days’ notice of most bid solicitations. Data recovery linux live cd Previously, the office was notified when bids were solicited.

Federal prosecutors in 2015 also opened an investigation into Mangano’s chief deputy, Rob Walker. S pombe database The probe focused on the awarding of a storm cleanup contract that was executed on the same day in 2014 that the vendor made a political contribution to Walker’s political club. Database usa Walker, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, “has complied with all legal obligations and acted in an appropriate and transparent manner,” said Walker’s attorney, Brian Griffin.

In October, Mangano was arrested on federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks from a local restaurateur who received benefits including a county contract. Data recovery pro license key Mangano has pleaded not guilty.

Beyond the newly announced reforms, the scandals already have prompted other changes to the county contracting system. Data recovery on android The county strengthened the financial background forms it requires vendors to fill out, and passed laws requiring that they identify any lobbyists they use and political contributions they make to county officials.