Costa Rica: More Agility for Government Purchases

In the Legislative Assembly a bill is being discussed that would allow for hiring done by government entities not to require the endorsement of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bill 20.202 is an initiative of the General Comptroller of the Republic, which put forward a proposal with the aim of reducing the time and the bureaucracy involved in the review and subsequent endorsement of each contract. reports that "...As established in the proposal for legal reform, starting from the entry into force of the initiative, it would no longer be the responsibility of the Comptroller's Office to comply with the endorsement process, but that function would be carried out by the legal office of the respective institution, or a similar department."

"... According to the comptroller entity, the endorsement currently functions as a review of compliance with the legal requirements of a contract, a process in which there are often nullities and is used, mainly, to negate hires. 
"The endorsement is focused by some sectors as a procedure that allows for an analysis, from scratch, all the acts of the administration, to avoid the effectiveness of the administrative contract, without stopping the social cost of neglecting public needs", explained the entity in the justification of the initiative."

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