NH News
4:54 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Executive Council Weighs Higher Threshold For State Contracts

The state’s Executive Council will consider Tuesday whether to raise the dollar amount for contracts that must come before the five-member body for approval.

Currently, the council votes on all state contracts $10,000 or more and all personnel contracts of more than $2,500.

Councilor Colin Van Ostern says the policy bogs down the agenda with dozens of contracts that should be handled by state agencies.

“So we end up spending a lot of time on these small items and less time that we should be spending on these big contracts that are more impactful and impact a lot more people in the state.”

There’s been no formal proposal for what the dollar amount should be.

Van Ostern says the council will likely discuss whether to pursue a change to the policy at today’s meeting, and then seek a recommendation from the Department of Administrative Services.

He says a decision could then be made at the council’s meeting next month.