Lawmakers Promise Review Of Questionable Contracts

Lawmakers Promise Review Of Questionable Contracts

By Phil Williams. CREATED Jul 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two questionable state contracts -- first uncovered by NewsChannel 5 Investigates -- will face scrutiny from state lawmakers.

That's the word from the chair of the legislature's Fiscal Review Committee.

The committee has asked Haslam administration officials to appear at a hearing next month.

They want to know more about a contract to outsource the state's motor pool to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

No other company was given a chance to bid for the state's business.

They're also interested in a second contract to outsource maintenance on other state vehicles to Bridgestone/Firestone.

In that case, Bridgestone was the only bidder.

State Sen. Bill Ketron said in a statement:

"We will look into this matter.  Our Fiscal Review Committee has worked very hard over the past 3 years to improve the process for procuring contracts to protect taxpayer money.  We have a new procurement structure in place to help ensure fairness in bidding so that Tennessee gets the best price for our dollars, and if it is not working -- we will most certainly fix it."

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