MSET – $663K spent to acquire computers, unused after two years

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Auditor General's Findings

The Auditor General Department in the Annual Report for F/Y 2018/2019 found that Ministry of Science Energy and Technology (MSET) did not carry out a needs assessment to inform its decision to procure fixed assets. Up to the time of reporting, computer equipment costing $663,183.36 were not used and were in storage, two years after acquisition; thereby increasing the risk of obsolescence.

An additional, eight other computer items were seen in storage. However, due to the poor maintenance of the inventory records, the AuGD was not able to determine when these items were purchased.

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Permanent Secretary (current): Carol Palmer

Breach Category: Procurement & Contract Management

Permanent Secretary (at breach): Hillary Alexander

Breach Type: Inadequate Feasibility Assessment Prior to Acquisition

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