Transparency International Ukraine has published the results of the study “State Audit Service in Public Procurement: Are Their Inspections Effective?”. The report was prepared within the USAID / UK aid project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services / TAPAS”.
DOZORRO experts studied the work of the Service from September 2018 to December 2019. Analysts have identified shortcomings in the monitoring system that need to be improved.
There were violations in 92% of tenders checked. However, in 61% of cases the procuring entities do not fix the tenders as required by the State Audit Service, or only meet some of them.
“We need to change the way we do monitoring. We need to ensure the work of the SAS actually leads to elimination of those violations. In those conditions, the business will be more confident participating in procurement as well. The competition will grow, and the procurement will become more efficient,” emphasizes TI Ukraine’s innovation projects program director Ivan Lakhtionov.
Currently, it remains unclear how many tenders with violations escape the auditors’ attention. For instance, the State Audit Service monitored less than 2% of all above threshold procedures in Prozorro in the monitored period.
The full results of the study can be found at here (in Ukrainian).
DOZORRO is a project of the civil society organization Transparency International Ukraine designed to ensure fair play in the public procurement sector.
The project team has created and maintains the monitoring portal dozorro.org and the public and professional BI modules BI Prozorro. In addition, DOZORRO develops the DOZORRO community, a network of civil society organizations that monitor public procurement and report violations to supervisory and law enforcement agencies.