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Prime minister’s department breaks contracting rules

Almost a third of Privy Council contracts awarded retroactively


A newly-released audit shows nearly a third of all contracts awarded by the Privy Council Office were drawn up retroactively, in violation of Treasury Board rules implemented by the Conservatives as part of the Accountability Act. Auditors looked at a sample of 70 contracts from the 2,200 the Privy Council Office signed in the 18-month period ending June 2009. Twenty-nine per cent of the sample contracts were issued after work had already begun. A spokesperson for the department, which falls under the prime minister’s authority, says all the audit’s recommendations were implemented after the document was completed in February. However, the problems mirror those of a previous audit from 2002-2003, which showed around half the contracts issued by the Privy Council were improperly sourced and documented.

Winnipeg Free Press

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Prime minister’s department breaks contracting rules

  1. Well, that’s an improvement.

    • Alas, given the sample size the improvement is barely statistically significant.

      • It's pretty typical sample size for financial audits, though. What I'd like to see now is a larger sample size, and how the size of the contracts awarded after the fact compares to the average contract size. If a lot of smaller, run-of-the-mill contracts are done verbally & the paperwork is done later, it's not really a big issue. If large, complex contracts are done like this, it's a problem.

  2. What I take out from this story is that governments, no matter who froms them, don't play the rules.
    But what also stands out is that the CPC brought in these new laws and rules, even campaigned on them but doesn't respect them.

    Shame on me for believing them I guess.

  3. Even more evidence of the need for another Federal Accountability Act (not that more evidence was needed), an Act that will close the dozens of loopholes that still exist in federal good government rules, and also empower officers of Parliament like the Auditor General to penalize anyone who violates the rules (currently all the officers (except the Privacy Commissioner) are lapdogs in a way because they can't penalize anyone).

    See details in following Democracy Watch news release:
    and/or op-ed:

    Hope this helps,
    Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch