CITY OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES DATA ON PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS

Philadelphia, March 11, 2015 –  The City of Philadelphia, through a joint effort by the Procurement Department, Chief Integrity Officer and the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT), released data sets related to the City’s contracts for supplies, equipment, non-professional services and public work services as part of the City’s open data website (www.phila.gov/contracts/data).  Summaries of these data sets include a breakdown of contract dollars by vendor and contract type, a listing of the 20 largest contracts and contracts that are set to expire.  This information is complementary to the City’s professional services contract data that was released in April 2014.

“I am proud to say that the public can now find information on all City contracts in a simple, searchable format.  Prior to this release, important data on Procurement contracts, including which company was the lowest bidder for a project, was not accessible online.  By releasing this data, we are making the contracting process more open and transparent,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “Our Administration is committed to open data and transparency in government.  I want to commend the joint efforts of the Procurement Department, the Chief Integrity Officer and OIT to make this data available to the public.”

As with the Open Contract Data site for professional services contracts, this website features a “frequently asked questions” section to help users understand the data available on the site.  It also provides the entire data set for download in a Microsoft Excel® compatible CSV format.

The website will be updated quarterly.  The next phase of the site will include the integration of all data sets into one file, which will enable the public to search for all City contracts in one place.

Users can provide feedback by contacting the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer at integrity@phila.gov

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