The award of a $12 million storm cleanup contract by Nassau County in 2013 appears to have ignored one of the basic components of government contracting, an experience or prerequisite clause [“A matter of timing,” News, Dec. 21].

It’s unlikely that a firm in business for just two days, VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group of Island Park, would qualify as experienced for a $4 million contract.

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When will there be oversight of the contracting process? When will ethics prevail over politics? How much longer will we read about abuses of the contracting process by the Nassau County government before someone figures out a way to take away or supervise its contracting authority? Soon, I hope.

Frederick Marks, Wantagh

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired public purchasing officer.