ERIC Number: ED358552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
State Education Department: School Districts Can Reduce Pupil Transportation Costs by Millions of Dollars Annually through Improved Contracting Procedures. Report 91-S-94.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Findings of an audit of the New York State Education Department's oversight of school-district transportation contracting practices are provided in this report. The primary purpose of the audit was to assess the extent to which district officials fostered a competitive environment when contracting for transportation services and the effectiveness with which department officials monitor and promote these practices. Administrative procedures of the State Department of Education and six school districts were audited for the period July 1, 1990, through May 31, 1991. Methodology included document analysis and interviews with department staff, school district officials, and senior officers of selected independent business companies. Findings indicate that the quality of contracting procedures varied by district. However, some district officials followed practices that tended to limit, rather than promote, competition among contractors. Questionable practices involved 1-year contracts, inadequate bidding periods, restrictive specifications, failure to stagger school starting and ending times, and inadequate monitoring of fuel consumption. In addition, department officials did not effectively control pupil transportation costs by failing to properly perform key oversight functions, to use accurate monitoring procedures, and to provide incentives for districts to economize. Nineteen recommendations are included. Appendices contain statements of department officials and the state comptroller's notes. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York