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Letter: Checks on Nassau's service contracts

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is shown in

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is shown in this undated photo. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Newsday ran a great article with in-depth research about Nassau County contracts ["Millions in county specialty contracts," News, June 1].

I've been watching Nassau County try to put square pegs in round holes and justify the process with the buzzwords "best value." County officials consistently miss the point. Best value in a "request for proposals" process is stewarded by a purchasing professional who certifies that the evaluation criteria reflect the needs of the county. The scoring system should be done after a review by the professional.

Most jurisdictions have an evaluation committee that assigns a score in a given range, say from one to 10, and committee members have to justify their scores. It's a complicated process, and committee members have to be trained how to score a proposal.

As far as personal service contracts, it appears Nassau has followed its own rules. But one needs to look at who approved the contract, what their level of authority is and how it was justified. I suspect none of the above took place.

Frederick Marks, Wantagh

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