|Posted:||August 10, 2015 12:47 PM|
|From:||Senator Mike Folmer|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Assessing Department of Education Contracts|
|I believe the foundation of government contracts is openness, transparency, and accountability. That’s why I’ve pressed the Pennsylvania Department of Education for background on its many contracts with Intermediate Units across the Commonwealth.
Fortunately, Education Secretary Rivera shared information on these contracts. Over the past five years, 207 contracts tallying over $151 Million; one-third of the 207 contracts and one-half the $151 Million were with four IUs: 74 contracts, nearly $85 Million.
While I’m not questioning the competency of any IU or the value of their services, I want to know both their selection by the Department and their performance was open, transparent, and accountable to the taxpayers.
Unfortunately, I have seen too many questionable contracts over the years, including:
My bill is modeled after evaluations used to rate the Commonwealth’s international trade contractors. I propose to apply similar assessments to Department of Education IU contracts and that they be posted on the Department’s website.
Intermediate Units would be ranked against one another and their evaluations and rankings would include an assessment of:
Introduced as SB1002