An audit by the city comptroller's office has found that the Department of Education may have been a victim of collusion between milk suppliers.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer says that the DOE was sloppy about awarding contracts worth more than $100 million in 2008.
He says that three milk companies started out as competitors, but two months after the winners were chosen, they subcontracted the loser to actually deliver the milk without telling the city.
"These decisions should not be made back door," Stringer said. "Now, why this is relevant right now, because every penny we save on milk can go to doing something else, putting more books in our schools, creating more classroom space. The fact that we're wasting money because companies may be colluding is certainly unacceptable."
The Department of Education said they cooperated with the audit, and added, "This is an old audit based on contracts from 2008 and we have already implemented many of the audit's recommendations. Nonetheless, as we enter a new era for our school system, we're going to bring even further transparency to all of our processes."