Local May 21, 2015 | 4:09 pm

Overseer starts probe as Dominican Govt. scandal brews

Santo Domingo.- The Government Purchasing Office on Thursday said the complaints against the contracts signed by the National Water Institute (INAPA), and the State Works Supervisory Engineers Office (OISOE) for the reconstruction of the Hospital Dario Contreras have spurred separate investigations to determine possible violations of Law 340-06.

The announcement comes just hours after the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUIS) demanded an audit by the Accounts Camber into the hospital’s reconstruction and questioned the fact that OISOE declared the work urgent to justify averting a new call for tenders on the work which was nearly twice the initial cost.

The government watchdog said it has requested INAPA’s records related to the reported contracts, in addition to all documents supporting contracts from years 2012 to 2014.

It said it asked the OISOE to provide its administrative record regarding the remodeling of the hospital, “which should contain all the activities of the institution involved in the process and the contract.”

Government Purchasing said it conducts an investigation in all cases where there’s a complaint whether public or not and also makes requests for injunctions and procedures to disqualify suppliers.

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