In July 2010, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued findings regarding its review of the Massachusetts Office of Transportation's (MassDOT) procurement of paratransit vans. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) purchased 108 vans under this contract for its federally required The Ride demand-response paratransit service using $5.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The OIG found deficiencies in the MassDOT procurement process and with the MBTA's choice of vans. The OIG requested that the state's procurement office, the Operational Services Division (OSD) review the MassDOT process as well. In a separate review, OSD confirmed the OIG's findings. In January 2011, in response to the OIG's investigation, MassDOT issued a guide for the procurement of goods and services in excess of $50,000. The OIG is currently reviewing the manual and will consult with MassDOT on further refinements. The OIG had also recommended that MassDOT rebid the van contract as soon as practicable. MassDOT informed the OIG that the matter is under review.

For additional information see the Office's publication: EOT and MBTA Procurement of Paratransit Vans, July 2010  pdf format of EOT and MBTA Procurement of Paratransit Vans

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