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According to a new study by the State Auditor’s Office, the New Mexico State government spent more than $1 billion on goods and services in the 2016 budget year without seeking competitive bids. The study found state agencies, in violation of the government procurement law, used emergency exemptions from purchasing rules when there was no urgency to bypass the competitive bidding process. State Auditor Tim Keller said, “Strong directive executive leadership and a reworking of the law to make bidding more effective and efficient would have a game-changing impact on creating local jobs, cutting red tape, and providing essential services to New Mexicans at the best value.”

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