July 18, 2019

Auditor: Agency of Ed failed to seek competitive bids for federal money


William Talbott, deputy commissioner of the Agency of Education. File photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

By Tiffany Danitz Pache
For Vermont Digger
The Agency of Education didn’t properly engage in the competitive bidding process when awarding some federal Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grants in fiscal year 2015, according to the state auditor.
Auditor Douglas Hoffer said the State of Vermont’s policy requires an open and competitive procurement process, but instead, “the Agency of Education engaged in procurement practices under Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge that were overwhelmingly non-competitive.”

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