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BWA botch

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A SPECIAL AUDIT into the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has uncovered a range of irregularities, including people continuing in their jobs and being paid without authorization, even beyond the time their stints should have ended.
It was also discovered that despite not getting goods it paid a United States-based company for, the BWA not only continued doing business with the firm, but never stopped paying for the orders upfront.
That and other breaches in procurement policies resulted in about $800 000 being wasted – a failure that Auditor General Leigh Trotman believes those responsible should answer for.
Concern about “absence of transparency” in the BWA’s recruitment processes was outlined in the Ministry of Finance-commissioned audit covering the April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2011 period, which was laid in Parliament last week.

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