Protecting the public purse and putting safeguards in place to get value for money. Those are the key objectives of Cayman’s new procurement law.
And while Auditor General Sue Winspear says the law does not go as far as she’d like, she believes it’s a step in the right direction.
“There’s still a long way to go. Of course there’s always will be more to do, but it’s a positive improvement,” Ms Winspear says.
Ms Winspear’s welcoming the implementation of the new procurement law, introducing new policies and processes when government makes purchases.
“Things are generally moving in the right direction so what I want my office to do is to continue to shine a light on those areas that could do with a bit more improvement,” she adds.
She believes the process is better now and she hopes the new framework will be fully embraced by all.
“Good public servants are going to want to make the best decisions and procure the best possibly things for the islands and knowing that public money is being spent wisely,” Ms Winspear says.
The Auditor General says now that the legislation is in place she has high expectations of the civil servants charged with protecting the public purse.
And last week the Auditor General released a report on the 2013 scrap metal contract saying a different company should have won the bid.
Acting Environment Minister Roy McTaggart, commenting on the report, says the findings are being reviewed.
“The ministry will look very closely at his report and make the changes that are necessary to implement those things to try and avoid it in the future,” Mr Mctaggart says.
The report, which was investigated in the public interest, pointed out the Department of Environmental Health’s tender committee did not use proper calculations for evaluating proposals from two companies; Cardinal d and Island Builders. It also indicated that the wrong the company was awarded the contract.