21.10.2020 State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia held a seminar on the issues of control in the field of public procurement
A joint seminar of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia on the topic "Audit in the field of public procurement: improving approaches and audit practice" was held on October 21, 2020 by videoconference.
The event was attended by representatives of the SAIs of the two countries, employees of the territorial bodies of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the control and accounting bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
The representatives of the regulatory authorities shared the information and experience on the control measures carried out in the field of public procurement, the identified shortcomings and violations of the law.
As noted by the Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee Dmitry Basko, the public procurement sector is in the high risks zone in terms of possible corruption and fraudulent activities. “We need to pay special attention to two areas of control at once: both external and internal control. Internal control on the part of the authorities, government agencies in terms of anti-corruption manifestations should be organically complemented by external control on the part of regulatory and law enforcement agencies," he said.
The practice of the State Control Committee shows that typical violations of the legislation in the field of public procurement are the formal determination of the approximate cost of the subject of public procurement, failure to study the market situation; non-fulfillment of the terms of concluded agreements, introduction of amendments to these agreements not provided for by legislation; unlawful rejection of the participant's proposal, unlawful choice of the winning participant, etc.
As an example, they cited a inspection in the field of organizing school meals, where state inspectors revealed numerous violations of the law related to changes in the price and volume of contracts. As a result of the intervention of the State Control Committee, the contracts were brought into line with the requirements of the legislation, and the unnecessarily spent funds were returned to the budget.
At the seminar, representatives of the State Control Committee also informed their Russian colleagues about the specifics of national legislation in the field of public procurement, including the state information and analytical system for public procurement management (GIAS), which was created in accordance with the new edition of the Public Procurement Law, which entered into force in 2019 year. The main goal of GIAS is the ability to analyze the entire life cycle of purchases, starting with their planning and ending with the execution of contracts.
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