Auditor: No oversight of bidding in Marshall Islands

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Concerned over ongoing government purchasing violations, the Marshall Islands Auditor General’s office conducted the first-ever compliance audit on “procurement sourcing” by the government.

The report, provided to the Nitijela, or parliament in early August, says that in nearly 30 years since the Nitijela adopted the Marshall Islands Procurement Code (Act) of 1988, an office essential to regulating and overseeing government procurement has never been established. The 1988 law created a Government Procurement Policy Office within the Chief Secretary’s office that was supposed to regulate procurement by . . .

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