Auditor General notes weak planning in awarding of two contracts for IT works in the prisons
The Office of the Auditor General has noted weak management and planning in relation to two contracts with a total value in excess of one million euro which the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security had awarded to the Infinite Fusion Technologies company in December 2015 and December 2016, for improvements to the IT network at Corradino Correctional Facilities and other related sites.
The investigation by the Auditor General into two contracts given by the Home Affairs Ministry to Infinite Fusion Technologies in 2015 and 2016 kicked off after allegations in the media, which led to Minister Carmelo Abela, then Home Affairs Minister, requesting that the case be investigated by the Auditor.
In the investigation, the Auditor noted that although the Ministry insisted that the Correctional Facility did not have an information technology network, no documented evidence was presented to justify the need for the works.
The Auditor found that the contracts had been awarded through negotiated procedures, without other quotations being sought. The Auditor added that this would have led to more information as to whether the quotations by Infinite Fusion Technologies represented good value for the money being paid.
In the course of the investigation, the Auditor concluded that the works took longer to be completed than stipulated in the contract. The Auditor added that the biggest concern was that nearly 400,000 euro had been paid upfront before the signing of the second contract. In the opinion of the Auditor General, there had been weak practices in the management of the contracts, and the Home Affairs Ministry had been opposed to unnecessary risks.