City University of New York

Selected Office Equipment Practices

The New York State Education Law requires that the City University of New York (CUNY) solicit competitive bids for purchases, and that purchases and contracts be obtained at the lowest possible price. CUNY procurement officials should familiarize themselves with prices available through official contract sources to determine which source has the lowest price. We audited the business equipment purchasing practices of three selected senior CUNY colleges (Queens, Medgar Evers and Hunter) and found these colleges had overpaid vendors a total of over $330,000 for copiers and other office equipment because officials had not used available State contracts to obtain the lowest prices for these items.

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