June 14, 2024
STDC has been in turmoil since media reported on internal whistleblower reports flagging significant governance and conflict of issues within the organization beginning in February 2023.

Ottawa frequently ignored its own contracting rules when hiring consulting firm McKinsey, auditor general says

The AG also found that one out of six projects funded by the government’s green tech fund were ineligible

OTTAWA – The federal public service consistently disregarded its own contracting rules when it awarded $209 million worth of contracts to consulting firm McKinsey, a symptom of larger issues with the government’s overall procurement practices, the auditor general says.

Auditor General Karen Hogan also found that one out of six projects funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) — the federal government’s green tech fund — to the tune of millions and reviewed by her office were ineligible and that the organization had serious governance issues.

Hogan published two scathing reports Tuesday on how the government manages taxpayer funds either though professional services contracts or funding granted by STDC.

A first audit of nearly 100 contracts awarded since 2011 to controversial consulting firm McKinsey & Company found “frequent disregard for procurement policies and guidance” and infrequent proof of value for money.

It also took a swipe at the government’s central purchasing agency, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), for failing to challenge other federal organizations when they issued contracts that appeared to overlap.

“Federal contracting and procurement policies exist to ensure fairness, transparency, and value for Canadians — but they only work if they are followed,” Hogan wrote.

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