Procurement Division

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.

The Division is staffed by attorneys specializing in public contract law and fulfills the OSC’s statutory mandate to review public agency procurements exceeding $2 million from more than 1,900 public entities.

OSC Record Retention Language

< <Insert name of Contractor/Vendor> > shall maintain all documentation related to products, transactions or services under this contract for a period of five years from the date of final payment. Such records shall be made available to the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller upon request. N.J.A.C. 17:44-2.2

Barbara Geary, Director

Barbara 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.  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.