4 NYC Agencies Get F Grades For Diversity Contracting

Big city, small effort when it comes to giving outside contracts to companies owned by woman and other minorities.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report that grades city agencies on the percentage of contracts awarded to what the city calls Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises  (MWBE).

Scroll down the list and you see that 4 NYC agencies get F grades for diversity contracting. No agency got an A.

The report points out that 305,000 women-owned firms certify with New York City, and 403,000 minority firms did the same. Yet, in 2014 they received contracts for only 3.9 percent of the city’s $17.8 billion purchasing budget.

The report, Making The Grade, intends to prod agencies to make the effort to seek out MWBEs for contracts. Comptroller Stringer said, “We all have to take action to help right this wrong. By getting more contracts into the hands of these firms, we will expand competition and cut costs for taxpayers, while boosting opportunity and creating jobs in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.”


F Grades Go To:                                                            

Department of Environmental Protection

Department of Finance

Department of Information Technology and Communication.

Department of Sanitation


D Grades Go To:          

Business Integrity Commission

Department of Consumer Affairs

Business Integrity Commission

Department of Design and Construction

Department of Correction

Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Department of Parks and Recreation

Commission on Human Rights
Department of Business Integrity Commission
Department for the Aging
Department of Buildings
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Department of Homeless Services
Department of Small Business Services
Department of Transportation
Fire Department
Housing Preservation and Development
Human Resources Administration
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings
 C Grades Go to:                                                            
 The Comptroller’s Office
Department of City Planning
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Department of Probation
Department of Youth and Community Development
Law Department
Only 2 Agencies Get B Grades:
Department of Cultural Affairs
Landmarks Preservation Commission

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