TCU and Transparency International release recommendations guide for emergency recruitment due to Covid-19
The Federal Court of Accounts – Brazil (TCU) and the non-governmental organization Transparency International Brazil released the guide “Transparency Recommendations for Urgent Recruitment in Response to Covid-19”
The publication released in association by the two institutions is destined for federal, state and municipal public managers, who, due to the pandemic, must comply with Act 13.979 / 2020, which provides measures to confront the public health emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The idea is that the publication helps as a reference for the prevention and fight against corruption in the current scenario, offering public managers and organizations practical information so that the Brazilian federal government, its States and Municipalities can properly conduct the administration of public funds during the crisis. "Under the current circumstances, public organizations such as the TCU must act together with public managers to ensure that resources are used in the best possible way and that they achieve their objective, which is to save lives and minimize the impacts of the pandemic ”, says the Secretary of External Control of the TCU, Paulo Wiechers.
For the research coordinator of the Anti-corruption Knowledge Center of Transparency International Brazil, Guilherme France, the act of simplifying and streamlining the procurement and recruitment processes does not mean ignoring mechanisms and control measures that minimize the risks of corruption. “Control measures performed especially by society and by the press have the potential to detect irregularities and prevent waste and corruption. However, in order to effectively exercise this control, the Brazilian Government, the States and the Municipalities must offer all the information on urgent contracting” he says.
Reference - The recommendations have been designed based on the Brazilian legislation (Procurement Act, Access to Information Act (LAI), National Open Data Policy) and the best practices suggested and developed by international and civil society organizations with a record of acting on promoting integrity and transparency.
In addition, the “Public Recruitment in Emergency Situations” study, developed by Transparency International Brazil with other 12 Latin American organizations, also served as a reference.