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Outsourcing work responsibly: The AGO report and issues faced

The annual report of government accounts by the Auditor-General's Office often finds lapses in areas such as procurement and contract variations. How can civil servants be better equipped to handle contracts involving complex development projects?

In Parliament on Aug 5, Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu said that no fraud was involved in the National Gallery's waiver of contractual provisions totalling $13 million, flagged in the Auditor-General's report last month on the accounts of public sector entities.

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) had appointed National Gallery Singapore, a company limited by guarantee, to manage the $532 million museum development project.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'Outsourcing work responsibly: The AGO report and issues faced'. Print Edition | Subscribe