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City Of Houston Auditing Office Depot For Possible Overcharges

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The City of Houston’s auditor is conducting an audit of the office supplies and materials purchased from office supplies retailer Office Depot. The audit is to determine whether the company overcharged the city of Houston for supplies.

A Dallas County audit uncovered $1.8 million in overcharges from Office Depot. Houston City Auditor David Schroeder launched the audit for Houston back in November of last year.

Schroeder is investigating the city of Houston’s purchases from the company; he will find out if Houston paid the proper amount for office supplies, under contract terms. Although he offered no comment on his findings, he is expected to conclude the audit in four to six weeks.

Houston purchased basic office supplies from Office Depot including pens, paper, manila folders and other staples needed in an office setting.

Office Depot has been accused of overcharging other jurisdictions for supplies. Back in 2010, Office Depot was required to refund $4.5 million in overcharges to the state of Florida.

Also in 2010, Office Depot was cited by the city of San Francisco for more than $4 million in overcharges.

Houston has a five-year contract with Office Depot , which authorized $17.4 million in purchases.

An audit of Houston’s purchasing office was already planned for this current fiscal year.

Houston’s present five-year Office Depot contract became the test case for the purchase office’s compliance with the terms of a large contract.

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