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OCG can probe $41-m 'sound' bill

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has moved to clarify its power to probe the almost J$41-million contract awarded to the Corporate Area firm to provide technical services at the Jamaica Golden Jubilee Village at Independence Park in August.

The Sunday Gleaner had reported that "the contract was not subject to scrutiny by the Office of the Contractor General because the services fall under those deemed to be excluded in accordance with the 2010 edition of the Handbook of Public Sector Procurement Procedures".

But acting Contractor General Craig Beresford says while the transaction is exempted from the Government's procurement guidelines, "it is not exempted from the Contractor General Act".

Beresford had previously indicated that the referenced contract was not one which was subjected to the OCG's sustained monitoring.

"The OCG's position on any type of exclusion, as it regards its lawful jurisdiction, is well and clearly documented in its annual reports, media releases, and is also supported by letters to the Government of Jamaica, which are in our possession," added Beresford.