New York City Comptroller John Liu has asked the city’s Department of Investigation to examine a multimillion dollar technology contract, saying the Department of Consumer Affairs is stonewalling an audit his office began.

Liu said Wednesday that his office halted an audit of the DCA’s contract with Gartner Inc. of Stamford, Conn., which in 2007 signed a $2.7 million contract with the DCA to coordinate an online licensing system for businesses, because of “unprecedented interference by agency officials.” Liu instead is referring the audit to the DOI.

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