Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child and Spousal Support Enforcement Program Needs Scrutiny: B.C. Auditor

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child and Spousal Support Enforcement Program Needs Scrutiny: B.C. Auditor

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Family support program needs scrutiny: auditor

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VICTORIA - British Columbia's auditor general says the province isn't getting the best value for taxpayer dollars from its contract for a program that enforces child and spousal support.

Carol Bellringer's report says the Ministry of Justice didn't follow good procurement practices and couldn't demonstrate that it achieved the best value when it agreed to the latest contract in 2006.

The government paid $18 million to the contractor in 2015-2016 for the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, which processed $210 million in support payments to families that year.

Bellringer's report says the same company has had the contract for almost 30 years and the ministry failed to generate competition during the latest contracting-out phase.

The audit also says the ministry has been attempting to negotiate a new contract with the company for the last 10 years and increasing program costs have resulted in the contractor regularly asking for and receiving additional funding. …

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