Thu | Feb 27, 2020

The use and abuse of an invoice

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Everywhere we turn in government /agencies of government, we have acts of corruption. These corrupt acts are facilitated with the use and abuse of an invoice.

An invoice is defined as “a list of goods sent or services provided with a statement/bill for the sum due/payment”.

Crooks in government agencies make ‘theft by invoice’ an art form. They know that all one has to do is to submit an invoice to justify and make claims for payment. There is no oversight, and, in most cases, the person responsible for making payment when invoices are submitted is part of, or turn a blind eye to, the crooked scheme.

We see examples of this all the time.

As I see it, the non-partisan Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) is the best thing that is happening in government. Some employees in the government service must be approved by the PAAC. They must account to the PAAC. They must also only be fired on the recommendation of the PAAC.

Bottom line: these persons must be fearful that not if, but when they are caught they will suffer harsh punishment under the law.

But I doubt our lawmakers will act, making this and (giving powers to the PAAC) possible.

AUTHNEL S. REID