MLSS – USD $136,605 (JMD $18.7Million) Procured 469 Assistive Aids, Only 50 Recipients in Receipt

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Auditor General's Findings

The Auditor General’s 2018/2019 Annual Report noted that procurement of goods and services under Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISJSPS) Project – implemented by the Ministry of Labour & Social Security – was not robust during the implementation of the Project.

At the Project’s closure in August 2018, only 9 per cent of the targeted 550 children with disabilities received assistive aids. Also, the Project did not receive 469 assistive aids procured at a cost of US$136,605 on August 14, 2018 (the last day of the Project); until January 2019, five months after the Project ended. Investigation disclosed that the tardiness was due to the Project Team’s failure to conduct timely needs assessment. Further, up to the time of reporting, MLSS provided evidence that only 50 recipients received assistive aids.

Permanent Secretary (current): Colette Roberts-Risden

Permanent Secretary (at breach): Colette Roberts-Risden

Breach Category: Resource Management

Breach Type: Unrecorded Assets

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Status: Non-Compliance

Year Reported: 2019

Last Assessed: June 19, 2020

Year Resolved:


On March 6, 2020, JAMP requested and has not received to date the following information:

  1. How many assistive aids for children with disabilities did the ISJSPS project procure.?
  2. What are the plans for distributing the balance of the assistive aids, outside of the 50 already distributed?
Permanent Secretary Colette Roberts-Risden 876-922-8000
Hon. Lester Michael Henry OJ, MP 14 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, Jamaica (876) 922-9500 View profile in MP Tracker

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5 months ago

Is this matter now resolved? A committee like the PAC should call the ministry in to give an update.

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