Dozens of whistleblowers cited instances of unethical federal contracting in the past year, Procurement Ombudsman Alexander Jeglic said yesterday. The Ombudsman in his Annual Report to Parliament said complaints of sweetheart contracting were now common.

“This year stakeholders contacted my office 30 times with concerns about the behaviour of federal officials being inconsistent with the Values And Ethics Code For The Public Sector,” wrote Jeglic. “Concerns about questionable federal procurement activities have negatively impacted public trust.”

“I remain concerned regarding negative trends related to the lack of competitive processes and deficient documentation practices that continue to pose problems and undermine transparency in federal procurement,” wrote Jeglic.

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