OTTAWA, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Procurement Ombudsman Frank Brunetta today
released a report on the procurement practices of the Canada School of
Public Service (CSPS) with regard to the acquisition of training
In the report, submitted to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services, the Ombudsman raised concerns
with respect to the CSPS favoring an existing contractor by issuing
repetitive sole source contacts and contract splitting.
"After discussing the report with the CSPS President, I am satisfied
that corrective action is being taken," said Mr. Brunetta. "This case
is a good example of procurement staff advice being ignored by program
managers. Procurement personnel and program managers have a shared
responsibility in ensuring a department procurement control framework
Following a complaint regarding the award of contracts by the CSPS to
the same supplier on a sole source basis, the Office of the Procurement
Ombudsman (OPO) performed an independent review of the contracting
files for the acquisition of training services.
OPO identified concerns with the overall process. Particularly, the
evidence revealed the CSPS split contracts and issued repetitive sole
source contracts to the same supplier.
Following this review, the CSPS informed OPO that a Management Action
Plan was developed and measures were undertaken to address and mitigate
the issues identified in the report.
Established in 2008, as part of the Federal Accountability Act, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman is an independent organization
with a government-wide mandate to strengthen the fairness, openness and
transparency in federal procurement.
This report can be found on OPO's Website at www.opo-boa.gc.ca.
SOURCE Office of the Procurement Ombudsman
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