Sen. Allison DeGazon introduces post-procurement process bill
Due to the questions that have arisen from current events relating to the procurement of contracts within the Government of the Virgin Islands, Sen. Allison L. DeGazon has submitted a post-procurement bill that will rebuild trust and confidence in the procurement process.
The senator’s bill would establish the Government Post Procurement Review and Fraud Reduction Act. The purpose of the bill is to acknowledge and mitigate the risk of fraud and corruption and to ensure that every contract offered, or dollar spent by departments is accurately used to support the communities they serve.
The six most commonly charged government contract fraud cases are those alleging (1) progress payment fraud, (2) fraud regarding nonconforming materials, (3) cost mischarging, (4) defective pricing (5) nepotism and (6) circumventing the request for proposal process.
“Because of these questions it is critical to implement heightened controls through an official post procurement practice, which is what this bill does to ensure sound financial management,” DeGazon said. She further noted that she is also prepared for the upcoming investigative hearing with the Committee of the Whole on August 5.
“I look forward to the committee of the whole to perform more fact finding that will result in solutions to improve the integrity of our procurement process and to allow selected vendors a chance to answer questions and present information to confirm eligibility,” DeGazon said.