State Contract and Payment Actions in June 2020

Posted to Applied Web NY on Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:01

In June, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 896 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $11.6 billion and approved more than 32.5 million payments worth nearly $25.9 billion. The Office rejected 102 contracts and related transactions valued at more than $1.9 billion and more than 28,500 payments valued at nearly $26.1 million, primarily for errors, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at www.openbooknewyork.com.

The Governor’s Executive Order 202 suspended the Office of the State Comptroller’s review and approval of contracts related to the COVID-19 crisis until August 6, 2020. At the administration's request, OSC has been expediting payments for purchases. These are reported on Open Book.

Major Contracts Approved

Office of Addiction Services and Supports

  • $4.0 million with SCAN-Harbor Inc. for chemical dependency services.

Division of the Budget

  • $3.4 billion with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for a financing and service agreement for a letter of credit to implement the State Fiscal Year 2020-21 Enacted State Budget.

City University of New York

  • $3.1 million with Corporate Counseling Associates Inc. for employee assistance services.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $1.5 million with the Food Bank Association of New York State for to facilitate food distribution from NYS farmers to food banks statewide.

Office of General Services

  • $3.7 million with Tristar Risk Enterprise Management Inc. for administration of automobile claims related to New York State vehicles.
  • $2.5 million with Sage Engineering Associates LLP for repair of inmate cells at correctional facilities statewide.
  • $1.9 million with Otis Elevator Company for elevator rehabilitation at Elmira Psychiatric Center.
  • $1.6 million with Rochester Economic Development Corp. for sale of the Metro Center located in the City of Rochester.
  • $1.4 million with Barton & Loguidice DPC for drinking water improvements at various Department of Environmental Conservation locations statewide.

Office of Mental Health

  • $2.1 million with Bayside Refrigeration Inc. for preventive maintenance of refrigeration systems at the Cook Chill Production Center in Rockland County. 
  • $1.7 million with The Child Center of NY for a maternal depression pilot treatment program.

Department of Transportation

  • $45.6 million with Lancaster Development & Tully Construction Co. LLC for bridge, highway and culvert rehabilitation on I-88 in Otsego and Schoharie Counties.
  • $14.3 million with J. D’Annunzio & Sons Inc. for rehabilitation of Astoria Boulevard Bridge in Queens County.
  • $10.2 million with Barrett Paving Materials Inc. for pavement repair and maintenance on I-81 in Onondaga and Oswego Counties.
  • $6.9 million with D&H Excavating Inc. to resurface pavement and install ADA-compliant curb ramps on New York Route 5 in Erie County.
  • $5.6 million with Garnet River LLC to help the department decommission its existing financial system and move operations onto the Statewide Financial System (SFS).
  • $2.8 million with Twin Tier Constructors Inc. for bridge replacement on Route 248 in Steuben County.
  • $2.2 million with ELQ Industries Inc. for pedestrian safety improvements in Westchester County.

State University of New York

  • $4.2 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) to maintain the sports complex and athletic fields at Stony Brook University.
  • $2.2 million with Sunquest Information Systems Inc. to maintain and support the Laboratory Information System at Stony Brook University.
  • $1.8 million with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to train Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance field staff at the College at Buffalo.
  • $1.7 million with Upstate Urology Inc. for pediatric urology medical services at Upstate Medical University.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $532 million for 390,000 personal income tax refunds.
  • $141 million for 23,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $1.1 million for 1,700 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $257.7 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $28.7 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program for the NYS Empire Plan.

City University of New York

  • $1.4 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $2.1 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Education

  • $942 million in general aid payments to 616 school districts.
  • $543 million in public and private excess cost aid to 668 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation 

  • $4.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Office of General Services

  • $13 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.4 million to PSI International Inc., $1.5 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.3 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., $1.2 million to IIT Inc. and $6.6 million to 28 other vendors.
  • $1.5 million to Prismatic Development Corporation for building renovations for the Manhattan Forensic Relocation project at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York City.

Department of Health

  • $8.3 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $6.3 million to New York City for the Urban Area Security Initiative Program (UASI).

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $3 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Labor

  • $13.5 billion for Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims.

Office of the State Comptroller

  • $296 million in Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) payments to 12 municipalities.

State University of New York

  • $7.3 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Transportation

  • $23.3 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in Kings County.
  • $4.1 million to Yonkers Contracting Company Inc. to reconstruct Exit 131 at the intersection of Routes 17 and 32 in Orange County.

Unified Court System

  • $3.6 million to The Legal Aid Society for the Attorneys for Children Program.
  • $1.9 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Payment Rejection and Other Cost Recoveries

The office rejected more than 28,500 payments valued at nearly $26.1 million, including tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $4 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $18,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of nearly $184,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through June, for calendar year 2020, the Comptroller’s office has approved 7,145 contracts valued at $37.1 billion and has approved nearly 73.7 million payments worth nearly $112.3 billion, including more than 61 million unemployment insurance payments valued at more than $27 billion. The office has rejected 613 contracts and related transactions valued at $3.4 billion and more than 61,400 payments valued at more than $257.1 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation. In addition, the office notified the Department of Labor of more than 249,000 duplicate Unemployment Insurance payments totaling nearly $137.5 million.

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