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Stringer Rejects $30 Million Information Technology Contract OK’d By Bloomberg

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (credit: Getty Images)

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has rejected a $30 million information technology contract that was awarded during the administration of former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Stringer said Thursday that his office rejected the contract with Allentown, Pa.-based Computer Aid Inc.

Stringer said that under the contract, the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication would have outsourced the selection and oversight of all information technology contracts to Computer Aid.

The comptroller’s office said the contract limits the city’s direct role in the administration, management and oversight of the contracting process.

The rejection is part of a review of contracts awarded under the Bloomberg administration by Stringer’s office.

A DoITT spokesman said the contract would reduce the city’s annual spending on IT consultants and greatly expand the pool of vendors, including minority and women-owned businesses.

Officials at Computer Aid Inc. did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Last month, Stringer rejected a contract with CGI approved in Bloomberg’s final hours in office. CGI, a subsidiary was fired by the Obama administration after the HealthCare.gov website debacle, had been hired to upgrade the city’s 311 system.

Critics said CGI lacked the experience for the project.

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