Monday, 5 April 2010

DDDA did not follow guidelines in €83k contracts

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) gave contracts worth nearly €83,000 in 2008 and 2009 to a business without following public procurement guidelines.

A report into the finance function of the DDDA by Ray King found there "was no documentation available in respect of one contract worth €75,000" which was awarded to the company. It was the only one of 37 contracts worth more than €50,000 given by the DDDA that did not comply with public procurement guidelines during the two-year period, the report states.

The same business was also the beneficiary of a €7,275 contract. In that case, the report reveals, it was one of two of the 22 contracts reviewed that did not comply with guidelines. The business that benefited from the contract does not appear to be registered as a company or as a business trading name.

The King report also criticised the awarding of pay increases in the authority, saying there was very little information or documentation in some cases. In general, the report states, there is one page showing the salary increase that has been approved, usually by then DDDA chief executive Paul Maloney.

"This page on occasions contains a phrase or sentence explaining the reason for the increase in salary or car allowance but on other occasions contains no such information," it states.

Later it states that "when you see the detailed documentation and information that appears on the personnel files when a new employee is engaged, the lack of information and documentation for increases in salary and car allowances is remarkable."

Sunday Tribune

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