DOJ Continues to Investigate ARRA Contract That Violated Five CNMI Laws

August 5, 2011

The Pacific News Center reports that sources at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC stated that they are conducting a review of the controversial ARRA sole source contract. The nearly $400,000 contract was awarded to former Secretary of Commerce Michael Ada's newly formed business, Integrated Professional Solutions, in violation of four CNMI ethics laws and one CNMI procurement law.

Since the U.S. Department of the Interior's Investigator General found violations of CNMI ethics and procurement laws, of course there should be an investigation. Previously, A.G. Edward Buckingham who approved the contract despite knowing that laws were violated, stated that no "federal laws were violated."  Many others disagree, including federal taxpayers who are fed up with the continual misuse of federal funds.

The DOI IG Report stated:
Under the terms and conditions, the contract is null and void if the procurement processes or execution fails to comply with CNMI Procurement and Supply Regulations.
See the video report from Washington based correspondent Matt Kaye:

Read the DOI Report on the Investigation:

Some posts on the Controversial IPS ARRA Contract 
Senate to Investigate ARRA Contract, August 1, 2011
There's More to the ARRA Controversy, July 31, 2011
More Problems with IPS and ARRA Controversy, July 27, 2011
Fitial, Ada and Buckingham Go National in Contract-Gate, July 27, 2011
Appearance of Federal Crime in ARRA Contract Scheme, July 25, 2011
Crossing the Line, July 24, 2011
More CNMI Corruption From the Ethically Challenged Fitial Administration, July 21, 2011
CNMI Abuses, October 26, 2010
Office of the Public Auditor Dropping the Ball? October 22, 2010
Contract Concerns Continue, October 21, 2010
OIA: "We don't want people messing with our money." October 19, 2010
Just as Suspected, October 18, 2010
Ada Steps Down as Commerce Secretary and Lands Contract From Governor, October 16, 2010