to perform a certified search, as required by ORC 9.24, to verify that the person to who you plan to award a contract does not appear in the database.
to perform a general search of the database, if you are not required by law to show certification.
Findings for Recovery List
What is this?
This database is used by local governments and state agencies to check and ensure, as required by law, that public contracts are not awarded to persons or businesses against which a Finding for Recovery has been issued and remains unresolved.
Two search options are available:
a certified search (which may be required by law) and a general search, from which results are not certified.
Ohio law (ORC section 9.24) prohibits any state agency or political subdivision from awarding a contract for goods, services, or construction to any person against whom a finding for recovery has been issued by the Auditor of State, if that finding is unresolved. While there are additional criteria, the statute limits this prohibition to contracts which are paid in whole or in part with state funds and which exceed $25,000.
The Auditor of State has established a database pursuant to ORC 9.24 in order to list all persons who have unresolved findings for recovery, dating back to January 1, 2001. Before entering into a public contract described above, a state agency or political subdivision is required to verify that the person does not appear in this database.
Please note that if you need certification that the person to whom you plan to award a contract is not prohibited by ORC 9.24 from receiving the contract, you have the option to perform a Certified Search.
This database also contains, for informational purposes only, all persons against whom findings for recovery have been issued since January 1, 2001, even if those findings have been resolved. Please note that only those persons who have unresolved findings for recovery are prohibited from receiving public contracts.
NOTE: unless the name you search for actually appears on the list of possible matches, that person is not included in the Auditor of State’s database and is not prohibited by ORC 9.24 from being awarded a contract.