According to court papers, the losing vendors, including the company that has produced the state’s licenses with color photos for 16 years, are protesting the $88.5 million award to a Canadian company.
The award to CBN Secure Technology of Ottawa, Ontario, is also being reviewed by the state comptroller.
CBN officials did not respond to requests for comment.
The Department of Motor Vehicles tentatively awarded the contract to the high bidder 10 months after New York advised the current vendor, De La Rue North America, that because of “significant budgetary constraints” the state would have to reduce the cost of the contract, according to the court filings.
As a result, De La Rue submitted a bid 10 percent lower for the new, eight-year contract, which ended up being nearly $38 million less than CBN’s bid.
Source: The NY Post