New board approves millions in no-bid contracts

The new board tasked with clamping down on state agencies giving out no-bid contracts signed off on millions of dollars in no-bid contracts Tuesday.

The board did question some of the spending. It initially declined to approve two contracts worth nearly $1 million but then came back later in its meeting and approved them. The board issued directives and statements to agencies that it wants to see state government use competitive bidding or requests for proposals whenever possible and get the best bang for taxpayers’ dollars.

The revamped Personal Services Contract Review Board is part of a contracting reform bill the state Legislature passed this year after much debate, with the Senate watering down sweeping House proposals.