Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Selected Procurement Practices

We examined the purchasing practices of the Port Authority and found that competitive bidding procedures were generally used. However, the controls over these procedures could be improved in certain ways. For example, controls could be strengthened to prevent a bidder from submitting a successful bid after the other bids were opened. We also identified practices that unnecessarily increased the cost of some Port Authority purchases. For example,the Port Authority paid higher prices than necessary for several items because it either did not purchase the items through State contracts or did not ensure that the appropriate discounts were applied. We estimated that these practices cost the Port Authority hundreds of thousands of dollars. We recommended several improvements in Port Authority purchasing practices. 93-S-45