New York City School Construction Authority

Improvements Needed in Construction Contracting Practices (Follow-Up Review)

The New York City School Construction Authority is responsible for the design, construction and modernization New York City public schools. In our prior audit report 96-N-5, we examined the procedures used by the Authority to award and monitor construction contracts. We found that contracts were often awarded before the contractors or subcontractors were properly screened by the Authority, proper competitive bidding practices were not always followed, procedures intended to prevent excessive contract payments were not always followed, and many school officials believed excessive maintenance or repairs were needed to correct conditions resulting from poor construction. We recommended that the Authority improve its contract award and monitoring practices, and establish a system for following up on completed projects. In our follow-up review, we found that actions have been taken to implement most of the recommendations contained in our prior report.

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