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.

Permanent Secretary (current): Carol Palmer

Permanent Secretary (at breach): Hillary Alexander

Breach Category: Procurement & Contract Management

Breach Type: Inadequate Feasibility Assessment Prior to Acquisition

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Year Reported: 2018

Last Assessed: May 20, 2020

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Request for information was sent to the Ministry on March 2. Most recent response from the Ministry on May 20 advises that a response will be sent in short order. JAMP will continue to pursue an update.

Permanent Secretary Mrs. Carol Palmer CD, JP 876-929-8990
Fayval Williams MP
2a National Heroes Circle,
Kingston 4,
(876) 922-1400 View profile in MP Tracker

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