Each year San Francisco city departments purchase hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods and services. While many of these contracts are the results of competitive bidding at least $1.7 billion in spending has come through sole source contracts in the past three years.
Given data showing that competitively bidding contracts usually lowers costs and always increases transparency, the high total of sole source contracts bears a deeper look.
In the past three years, San Francisco has awarded over 1,500 sole source and no-bid contracts totaling over $1.7 billion. Read More