CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State purchasing director David Tincher is proposing reforms in purchasing laws following audits of the state's use of federal stimulus funding for a broadband project.
The proposals include giving the state purchasing director the power to halt questionable contracts, and requiring the Purchasing Division to handle state agency purchases for projects funded by federal grants.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1abFkdL ) reports that Tincher presented his proposals to a legislative interim committee on Monday.
An audit by the Legislative Auditor's Office found that the purchase of high-capacity Internet routers for small public facilities wasted at least $7.9 million.
A follow-up report said that purchasing laws were circumvented for a microwave tower project designed to improve emergency communications. The report also said state officials ignored a directive to stop construction of the towers.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com