Judge Finds Problems with Furniture Contracting

An administrative law judge says a state agency violated procurement code by making changes to an office furniture contract that undermined the competitive bidding process.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- An administrative law judge says a state agency violated procurement code by making changes to an office furniture contract that undermined the competitive bidding process.
The decision came after Fairbanks-based Bowers Office Furniture filed an appeal. Bowers appealed after the Department of General Services denied its protest over Juneau-based Capital Office Supply getting the contract.
The judge decided the state should cancel the contract and reimburse Bowers for its proposal preparation costs. Department of Administration Commissioner Becky Hultberg has the final say. She sent the decision back to the Office of Administrative Hearings for further deliberation.
The office has 45 days reissue a decision. The state can continue buying furniture through Capital Office Supply in the meantime.