State can’t quantify its contract spending


Oregon financial officers say they can’t quantify how much money the state spends on contracts awarded to private contractors.

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Oregon financial officers say they can’t quantify how much money the state spends on contracts awarded to private contractors.

By conservative estimates, it’s a huge sum — easily exceeding $100 million — buried in the state’s budget.

Explains Ken Rocco of the Legislative Fiscal Office, which scrutinizes state expenditures: “The total amount spent on contracts is reflected in the state budget but it is contained within what we call ‘Services and Supplies’ and we don’t have specific details down to the level of what is purchased by contract versus other purchasing mechanisms.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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