When contractors undermine the public bidding process they undermine the taxpaying public. In New York, contracts may be awarded not to the lowest bidder, but the lowest responsible bidder. This ensures that projects are completed on-time and on-budget, without cutting corners.
Taxpayer money should not go to companies that undermine responsible bidding laws. Oftentimes an unscrupulous contractor will underbid a project only to report overages after the contract has been awarded, costing the public more than it would have if a law-abiding contractor was hired in the first place. By monitoring the state “debarred” list, NYFFC ensures that contractors who skirt labor or safety laws cannot line their pockets with taxpayer dollars at the expense of safe, lasting infrastructure.