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Pass the Chips

Posted 10/25/2006

Your government is up to important things, you know. Like fighting crime. And buying corn chips. A visit to the Maryland Contract Weekly, a publication that kept track of the state’s contract announcements and awards until it went belly-up in July, revealed just how much the state paid for such trivial items as corn chips, ice, denim, and fish food. Though Maryland Contract Weekly's no longer being published (its last issue came out July 5), its archives will remain online until the end of this year. Do your own searches and find out what other kinds of trivial sundries your tax dollars buy for politicians, prisoners, and VIPs. In the meantime, here are a few we found, including one for nearly $100,000 in IUD contraceptive devices.

ID: 001B6900911
Award Amount: $50,944
Date Awarded: June 21
Awarded to: Sysco Food Services of Baltimore LLC, Jessup
Type of Contract: Fixed Price
Procurement Method: Comp. Sealed Bid
Location: Baltimore
Agency: General Services
Description: Agency contract for tortilla chips and taco chips.

ID: 002S0217189
Award Amount: $49,937.50
Date Awarded: June 12
Awarded to: Rosedale Ice Co., Baltimore
Type of Contract: Fixed Price
Procurement Method: Comp. Sealed Bid
Location: Jessup
Agency: Maryland House of Corrections
Description: Purchase of ice cubes for three correctional institutions in Jessup.

ID: 001P6900271
Award Amount: $99,667.20
Date Awarded: June 27
Awarded to: Paragard Direct, Addison, Texas
Type of Contract: Fixed Price
Procurement Method: Sole Source
Location: Baltimore
Agency: General Services
Description: IUD contraceptive.

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