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MOH did not seek approval from its authority to incur this expenditure. It did not ensure that the agent adhered to MOH's condition that contract variations had to be approved by specific authorities before instructing the contractor to proceed with the variations. This condition was breached for contract variations amounting to S$30.09 million, the AGO said.

MOH acknowledged the AGO's findings of the lapses in a response to the report. It said that it had worked to strengthen its project oversight and management capabilities, and controls and checks on infrastructure projects to prevent future occurrences.

For lapses in procurement, the AGO said that its test checks on EDB of 14 tenders (totalling S$32.03 million) for the period of April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, found lapses in the evaluation process of three tenders (totalling S$19.24 million). In addition, the AGO found that in the administration of grants, 47 projects had the progress reports submitted late or not submitted and EDB didn't monitor and follow up on these submissions.

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On Tuesday, EDB said that a review would be conducted to determine best practices for future tenders, which will include how it can provide greater clarity in its tender documents. While EDB acknowledged that more robust measures could be put in place to monitor the progress of projects that had received EDB's grants, it said that it did not find any evidence of fraudulent activities or malicious intent for the lapses cited.

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