Auditor General's Findings
Poor planning could result in nugatory [wasteful] expenditure of $32.6 million. The Ministry purchased an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for $32.6 million to protect the Ministry’s electronic and other equipment from damages due to electrical power surges.
However, up to October 2014, the UPS was not commissioned into service. The MOE reported that it did not have the required funds, approximately $163 million, to carry out the work needed to improve the current infrastructure of the buildings to facilitate the installation of the UPS. The Ministry was unable to explain the basis for purchasing the UPS prior to ensuring that the requisite resources were in place for the commissioning of the equipment. Consequently, in its current position, being exposed to the elements, the value of the asset is deteriorating without the Ministry realizing any value from the asset.
Permanent Secretary (current): Maureen Dwyer
Breach Category: Procurement & Contract Management
Permanent Secretary (at breach):
Breach Type: Lack of Adequate Due Diligence