By: Supervisor Todd Spitzer
(SANTA ANA, CA) Supervisor Todd Spitzer introduced preliminary draft research during the County Board of Supervisors Aug. 20 meeting, that more than $85 million in contracts have been granted through the County budget over the past four years without needing Board approval.
“There is about $21 million a year that passes though the County budget with no Board approval or what I believe is any review by the CEO,” Spitzer said. “At least preliminarily, there are significant issues.”
Spitzer commissioned a study conducted by a professor from Cal State University, Fullerton and an independent auditor to review more than 17,000 contracts approved by various departmental heads because the amounts or terms of the contacts fell below the threshold needed for Board approval.
Spitzer is working with the County CEO’s Office and the County Procurement Officer to review the draft.
“I want to give the CEO’s Office an opportunity to validate the data to make sure it’s accurate, to see if we have issues or not and to check with department heads and give them an opportunity to respond,” Spitzer said.
After the CEO’s Office reviews the draft, Spitzer asked for the findings to be reported back to the Board.