Archive for March, 2012

city of houston vs. office depot

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Houston auditing Office Depot for possible overcharges
Chris Mora, Houston Chronicle
By Chris Moran
Updated 08:40 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012

Houston’s city auditor is four months into an audit of Office Depot, which has paid millions to settle accusations of overcharging other jurisdictions, to determine whether the company overcharged Houston.

City Auditor David Schroeder launched the audit in November after a Dallas County audit discovered $1.8 million in overcharges from the company. Office Depot has said the audit is mistaken.

Schroeder said he was trying to determine whether Houston paid the proper amount under its contract terms. He would not comment on what he had found far, but he estimated the audit would conclude in four to six weeks.

The city bought office supplies, including pens, paper, rubber bands, Post-It notes and manila folders, from the company until switching to OfficeMax last year.

In 2010, Florida’s attorney general announced that Office Depot would refund $4.5 million in overcharges to the state. Also that year, Office Depot agreed to pay the city of San Francisco more than $4 million following accusations of overcharges.

Houston’s five-year contract with Office Depot authorized $17.4 million in purchases.

The city’s annual audit plan for this fiscal year had already called for an audit of the city’s purchasing office, and the Office Depot contract became the test case for the office’s compliance with the terms of a large contract.

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New For 2012!!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

We’ve got some cool new additions to our website (www.cityofficesupply.com) for 2012!

Under the “links” section on the home page, check out…”Order promotional products for your company here!” …and
“The Recycling Site”. The new promo product catalog has hundreds of new items and a much easier user interface. The recycling site link makes it easier than ever to recycle your used inkjet and laser toners…with prepaid labels you can print yourself!

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