MOE – $32.6 million Uninterrupted Power Supply unused by the Ministry 2 years after purchase

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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.

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Permanent Secretary (current): Maureen Dwyer

Breach Category: Procurement & Contract Management

Permanent Secretary (at breach):

Breach Type: Lack of Adequate Due Diligence

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3 years ago

Hold Up! This must be a joke. You bought something that you never thought how you were going t be able to use it. That persons who gave the permission or the go ahead should be demoted or the team of persons who made that decision should be replaced. Who are the persons in charge of this place. This must be a joke. Who has the power to penalize them for poor decision making. The auditor General need some more power. Right away!

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