The Procurement Division reviews the legality of public contracts involving school districts, counties, municipalities, state agencies, state authorities, local authorities and public institutions of higher education. The Division's staff attorneys provide guidance to contracting units to ensure that the contracting process complies with applicable law, rules and regulations under strict statutory time limitations.


Barbara Geary, Director, Procurement Division

Ms. Geary joined the Office of the State Comptroller as a Senior Staff attorney in 2011 and became the Director of the Procurement Division in June 2015. She brings more than twenty years of contracting experience in both the public and private sector to the Procurement Division. 

Prior to joining OSC, Ms. Geary served as the Legal Affairs Officer for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, a state agency that provides funding for affordable home ownership and rental housing opportunities for New Jersey residents. At HMFA, Ms. Geary was responsible for providing counsel and advice related to its operations and programs including for related contract issues.  Prior to HMFA, Ms. Geary served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Arizona, where she provided legal advice to the Director and staff of the Arizona Department of Housing.

Ms. Geary began her legal career in the private sector as an associate with a New York City law firm, followed by eight years as General Counsel and Vice President for a start-up telecommunications firm.

A Newark native, Ms. Geary obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1987. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1994.

Contract Reviews

Contracting units must notify OSC as early as practicable, but no later than 30 days before the advertisement or the negotiation or solicitation of any contract that may exceed $10 million as required by N.J.S.A. 52:15C-10.

By statute, contracting units must also provide post-award notification for any contract for an amount exceeding $2 million but less than $10 million. Notification must be given within 20 days of a contract award.

Contracting units include: the principal departments in the Executive branch of the State Government, and any division, board, bureau, office, commission or other instrumentality within or created by a State department, any independent State authority, commission, instrumentality and agency, and any State college or university, any county college, and any unit of local government including a county, municipality, board of education and any board, commission, committee, authority or agency, thereof which has administrative jurisdiction over any project or facility, included or operating in whole or in part, within the territorial boundaries of any county, municipality or board of education which exercises functions which are appropriate for the exercise by one or more units of local government, and which has statutory power to make purchases and enter into contracts for the provision or performance of goods or services.