New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Contracts for Personal and Miscellaneous Services
During the period July 1, 2008 through November 30, 2009, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Department) had 212 personal and miscellaneous service contracts in place with a total value of $106 million. We examined whether the Department was adequately justifying the need to initially contract out for such services and periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced to save State funds. We found that the Department used a standardized form to identify the reasons for contracting out services for our sampled contracts. However, the Department could not provide documentation to support these reasons. We also determined that the Department was not periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced. We recommended certain improvements for the Department to attain savings relating to these contracts.
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