Connect With Your Community!

State officials partly restore OPI's contracting authority

State says public school agency has made ‘significant progress’ correcting deficiencies.

Montana’s Department of Administration last week partially restored the Office of Public Instruction’s authority to independently award contracts for third-party goods and services, stating that the agency has made “significant progress” in correcting deficiencies identified earlier this year.

The restoration of procurement authority at OPI, which oversees Montana’s K-12 public education system, came on the heels of a second compliance review conducted last month. OPI initially lost its authority to enter into contracts valued above $10,000 in March after failing an initial review of its contr...