New York City Convention Center Operating Corporation

An Evaluation of Management Activities and Controls at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

The Corporation was created in 1979 to operate and maintain the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. We examined the management of the Convention Center and found that Corporation officials had not managed the Center in a prudent, businesslike manner to provide for appropriate public accountability. For example,we identified possible favoritism in personnel practices, as employees were routinely hired by the CEO without documentation that the employees were either needed or qualified for the positions. Employees were also routinely given salary increases by the CEO without documentation that the increases were merited. One such employee received salary increases totaling $22,000 over an 11-month period.We also identified purchases involving millions of dollars that were completely controlled by the CEO and were not competitively bid. We recommended that the Board of Directors become more involved in overseeing Corporation operations. 95-S-25