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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Procurement controversies -- Northern Ireland

‘Serious’ breaches of rules uncovered by probe into Northern Ireland Water contracts
Public sector bodies are expected to invite rival bids to ensure value for money. High-level approval is required if competitive tendering processes are not being followed.

The report has listed repeated cases where single tender contracts were awarded by NIW, without the authorisation of its board or the department.

It has centred on the awarding of contracts through “single tender actions” — where other potential suppliers have not been given the opportunity to compete for work.

The independent investigation team concluded the practices involved “a serious failure in procurement governance surrounding public funds”.
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