Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is again lamenting the fact that much of its recommendations made in various reports continue to be ignored by public officials.
In its annual report for 2012, which was tabled in parliament this week, the OCG said its concern in this regard is now heightened as these recommendations have been repeated in several reports to no avail.
As a result the OCG says it stands firm in its recommendation that it be given the power to stop a procurement or contract award matter which exhibits signs of irregularity, corruption or other questionable occurrences.
Among the OCG’s recommendations which it says have been paid little attention is one for government entities to plan their procurement activities to avoid having to rush the process.
The OCG has also repeatedly recommended that where procurement guidelines are breached the responsible agency should seek to remedy the breach instead of carrying on with the project in violation of the law.
The OCG also says it remains concerned about the use of the unsolicited proposal mechanism, which it says can be used by unscrupulous public officials to direct multi-million dollar state contracts to connected, undeserving or desired contractors.
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