Oswego County legislators uncomfortable with data imaging RFP process

by Carol Thompson

The question of whether the request for proposal process is being handled properly by Oswego County officials is expected to be answered by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The county solicited RFP’s for data imaging services with the responses due Friday. They were not publicly opened as some legislators said they feel should have been.

“I am not comfortable with this,” Legislator Amy Tresidder said. “There is no transparency and no accountability to the public.”

She has contacted the comptroller’s office to ask if the county’s procedure is in compliance with state law.

The RFP is for data imaging services for the office of the County Clerk. Legislators have spend more than a year attempting to select a vendor to provide the service. This is the third attempt to award a contract in a process that has been shrouded in controversy.

County Administrator Phil Church is autonomously handling the RFP process, something legislators on both sides of the aisle said they are not comfortable with.

Church said Friday that because it is not an actual bid, there is no formal bid opening. “Please remember this is an RFP, not a bid, so there is no formal bid opening,” he said.

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