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Governor Whitmer increases oversight for state contracts larger than $250,000

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Under a rule change, more state contracts will now need additional oversight in order to receive approval.

The new rule requires contracts larger than $250,000 dollars to get additional oversight.

The change will give the state Administrative Board more oversight of state contracts.

The threshold for oversight had been loosened under Governor Rick Snyder. His administration doubled the size of state contracts that could be approved without additional oversight from $250,000 to $500,000.

Departments were then able to approve larger contracts without needing approval from the State Administrative Board.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she requested the change back to $250,000 to increase transparency.

The state Administrative Board is made up of seven members including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and the attorney general.

The change takes effect immediately.