To carry out works in various municipalities of Cordoba, several units of the Central Administration transferred more than 185 million pesos to an entity that cannot be controlled by any national, provincial or municipal body.
The finding is contained in a report approved by the General Audit of the Nation (AGN), and the recipient of the resources in question was the Intermunicipal Regional Development Entity (ENINDER, for its acronym in Spanish), an area "conceived within the framework of fiscal consolidation of Córdoba, however, lacks specifications on accountability," says the research, adding that those details of transparency "were not included in its statute of creation."
The AGN technicians explained that, because of its inter-jurisdictional nature, the Eninder "is not reached by the control of the Municipal Accounts Courts, and does not have to register with the General Inspection of Justice (IGJ), since it does not respond to any Corporate type contemplated to do so; Thus, its financial statements and reports are not presented to any control body."
The report was approved at the end of June and impacted both in the province of Cordoba and at a national level. On the margin, the magnifying glass of the Audit was placed in the agencies from where they left the $ 185 million.
It is that these spaces, called National Executing Units (UEN, for its acronym in Spanish), "agreed that the management of the transferred public funds should be carried out by an entity whose performance is not achieved by the control of any National, Provincial or Municipal Organism, without having established guidelines Control, nor what would be the body that would carry them out."
In fact, two of these UENs, the SSOP and its Federal Public Works Coordination (SSCOPFE) pair, both under the Ministry of Federal Planning, "acted without having approved the respective Special Regulations of the Programs under which works were managed."
What does this mean? That the SSOP projects were implemented through the Budget Program 50, called Formulation, Programming, Execution and Control of Public Works; while those of the SSCOFE were made through the Budget Program 86, Support for the Development of Urban Infrastructure for Municipalities. At the close of the Audit field, the approval of the Special Regulations "recorded a delay of more than five years," and emphasized that "the purpose" of these rules "is to clarify actions related to transfers of Public resources."
Beyond the specific regulations, the Audit adds that "these National Executing Units did not promote the procedures provided for in the General Regulation for Accountability in the face of the delays incurred by all the Municipalities in submitting" details of their expenses.
In that sense, the report clarifies that "the majority of the communes incurred delays of more than 30 days in the renderings of accounts, and in spite of this the National Government continued to transfer funds without interruption."
On the other hand, "the weakness of the controls of the works by the Local and National Executing Units is a feature that characterized all the ventures analyzed in the sample. They do not record that they have worked out inspection records, or orders to start work, or indications about the execution of the work, or warnings about the slow pace of work.
With regard to the works in question, where overprices, direct contracts for amounts exceeding the current regulations and also lack of control was found, in the next issue The Auditor.info will publish the details that appear in the investigation of the AGN.