Public Work Contracting: Less Oversight, More No-Bids

On the heels of a critical report concerning Beverly Hills United School District contracting oversight comes tonight’s Council agenda item giving our Public Works Dept. extra leeway in contracting by raising thresholds by about 50%. Projects up to $50k would be negotiated without any oversight (up from $35k); projects up to $175k can be informally let without competitive bidding (up from $125k). Only those above the raised $175k threshold would require formal bidding. To nobody’s surprise, staff recommends the higher limits.