City comptroller's MWBE spending report shows government still has work to do

Last week city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office released a report on city contracting with minority- and women-owned business enterprises for goods and services related to Covid-19 in fiscal 2021. The results were dismal. According to the report, from March 2020 to July 2021, the city spent over $3.5 billion on such contracts, and only 16% of that money went to MWBEs.

The report found that six entities did no Covid-related contracting with MWBEs. The comptroller’s office counted NYC Health + Hospitals, the city’s public health system, as one even though it is technically a public benefit corporation. The others were the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Financial

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