The New York State Inspector General received allegations of flawed procurement practices, Board member improprieties, and questionable contributions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). In response, the Inspector General conducted a broad investigation into these allegations and found weaknesses in numerous policies and procedures at NYPA that resulted in inadequate procurement practices, ethical lapses, and the lack of a formal policy with regard to business expenses that are contributory in nature. One allegation the Inspector General investigated asserted inadequate procurement practices in the retention of outside legal services. While NYPA employs a general counsel and assistant counsels, it outsources certain legal matters deemed beyond the purview or expertise of the Legal Department. In order to solicit firms to handle such legal matters, NYPA, in 2009 and 2010, drafted three Legal Services Requests for Proposal (RFP) in the areas of Financial Services, General Legal Services and Energy Legal Services. The Inspector General reviewed these three procurements and found NYPA’s process for selecting Legal Services Counsel to be deficient. Specifically, the Inspector General found that (1) NYPA’s initial process for selecting firms is not uniform; (2) reviewers for the General Legal Services and Energy Legal Services procurements were inexperienced in conducting analysis and given little direction; (3) documents generated by the selection committees were haphazardly maintained, notes were discarded, and the process was not properly documented; and (4) the interview process of certain firms, which was a determinative factor in the ultimate decisions, was neither properly planned in its inception nor documented for the procurement files.