The Cuomo administration in May quietly hired a Rochester-based firm for “talent acquisition services,” agreeing to pay the company up to $21 million over five years, state records show.
Datrose, a staffing and accounting firm in Rochester, was given the contract “to attract the best and brightest to state government,” the Daily News reported today.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has talked repeatedly about the need to hire talented people to bring into his administration, usually in the context of trying to get a raise for agency commissioners.
The Daily News said that Cuomo replaced his appointment’s office with a “Center for Recruitment and Public Service” within the Office of General Services.
They only get paid if they place people, state officials said. So far, they’ve received $165,756.
Updated: In an interview on public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” on Tuesday, Cuomo said the state bid on the contract with Datrose to eliminate the former appointments office and “professionalize” the recruitment process.
“We wanted to professionalize it,” Cuomo said. “We wanted to get a real recruitment firm. It’s hard to get talent to come into state government, especially at the salaries we offer.”
Cuomo made the point to say the $20 million contract figure is the maximum that can be disbursed by the state.
“The contract says up to ($20 million) over five years. Any honest analysis would have said: How much have you spent? To date, we’ve only spent $160,000 in actual fees to the company for recruitment.”