Former 'pencil pusher' lauds $4.25 million settlement over pencils

| March 08, 2011

San Francisco will soon have a little more money for pencils, binder clips and pens after Mayor Ed Lee signed a settlement resolution for $4.25 million in overcharges by Office Depot.

Lee, the former city administrator, lauded the settlement in a press release Tuesday. Here’s the story, according to the mayor’s office:

“In 2009, the Office of Contract Administration initiated an audit by the City Controller and found that the company failed to provide San Francisco with an estimated $5.75 million in contractually mandated discounts for items covered in its five-year, $18 million contract.

"Office Depot disputed the claim, initially maintaining that overcharges totaling less than $50,000 were the result of accounting errors. The Office of Contract Administration, the Controller and the City Attorney took appropriate action until an appropriate settlement was reached.”

Since Lee basically oversaw the Office of Contract Administration when it initiated the investigation, he deserves a little credit for the settlement as well.

It’s also evidence that administrators do a lot more than push pencils around all day. They’re also mindful of how much those pencils cost.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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