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Several NSWMA contract award breaches revealed in contractor general report

Published:Saturday | March 1, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The Office of the contractor general has unearthed irregularities in the way several contractors of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) were dismissed.



The report from the OCG on how the contractors were terminated and others hired was tabled in the Senate yesterday.



READ: See Office of the Contractor General report on NSWMA here



It said the NSWMA committed several breaches of the Government’s procurement rules in the award and termination of several contracts by the NSWMA, under the leadership of former executive director, Joan Gordon-Webley, during the period of 2007-2008.



Among the irregularities identified are the award of contract to unregistered contractors and the award of contracts without the requisite approvals from the procurement committee, the National Contracts Commission and the Cabinet.



The probe also found that services were being performed by contractors on behalf of the NSWMA, without formal written contracts and that some contractors were operating based upon contracts which had expired.



The Dirk Harrison-authored report also said contracts were terminated without the requisite notification period being observed, and payments were withheld by the NSWMA for services which were rendered, on the basis of the contractors’ failure to provide a valid tax compliance certificate.



The probe was triggered by allegations that contracts were being irregularly terminated and replaced by the NSWMA shortly after the Jamaica Labour Party won state power in 2007.



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