Thats what happen recently when the Auditor General reported that Urban Renewal’s Small Home Repair program has major issues.
The Auditors Findings on Small Home Repairs Program
The report revealed that there is a “lack of accountability, transparency and due diligence in the execution of the program, its management and the quality of work done”.The report lists a litany of issues discovered in the issuance of contracts, contractor requirements and the lack of a competitive bidding process associated with the program.
It also revealed that contractors were not required to have proof of all-risk insurance and that 11 contractors were paid $171,000 for work that was either incomplete or not done at all
“We are not satisfied with the due diligence, level of transparency and accountability as it revealed too many ‘gaps’ that were critical to the process,” says the report of Auditor General Terrence Bastian.
“It is therefore recommended in light of the
deficiencies noted in the SHR project that the program be restructured to permit more independence within the [Urban Renewal] Commission for program execution,” the report said.
Mother Pratts Response and Why It’s Irrational
According to the tribune, Mother Pratt said she resented being thought of in a negative light as a result of the report.