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San Diego audit finds huge city contract improperly awarded

September 14, 2019 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An audit concludes San Diego employees improperly awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a vendor that provided information technology services to the city.

The Union-Tribune reported Friday that San Diego’s auditor found officials violated procurement rules and bypassed the city council while issuing the no-bid contract.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint to a fraud and whistleblower hotline. It found city staff ignored inquiries from rival providers and allowed the vendor to help define the scope of its contract.

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The public version of the report does not identify the officials or the dollar amount of the contract.

Ronald Villa, assistant chief operating officer for the city, filed a 9-page response that disputes many of the findings. However, he agreed to implement all the audit’s recommendations.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com