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Panel OKs Contract To Study Procurement Process

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland board has approved a $149,000 contract to hire a contractor to study the state's procurement process for contracts.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 on Wednesday for a six-month contract with Treya Partners to conduct the study.

Treya Partners will examine the state's procurement laws with an eye toward improving the process. The management consulting firm has conducted similar studies in Oklahoma, Colorado and Oregon.

The Board of Public Works consists of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

O'Malley announced in July that he wanted to bring in a consultant to examine Maryland's procurement process after repeated problems state agencies have experienced in bidding out for services over the years.

The Board of Public Works approves most state contracts higher than $200,000.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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