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The ASF detects irregularities for more than $10 billion in spending in 2021

Georgina Saldierna and Andrea Becerril

Newspaper La Jornada
Saturday, October 29, 2022, p. 12

The Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) made observations for irregularities in public spending during 2021, for 10 thousand 312.9 million pesos, of which 6 thousand 675.3 million correspond to states and municipalities.

Both underwent 564 audits, making them the most reviewed sectors for the second consecutive year.

On the other hand, the head of the ASF, David Colmenares, pointed out that with the incorporation of new evaluation techniques and a recent control model, it was possible to recover in favor of the treasury, regarding the federalized spending of the public account last year. , one thousand 830 million pesos.

In the last 12 months, resources for 4 thousand 290.8 million pesos have been rescued, added the official during the second delivery to the Chamber of Deputies of individual reports of the audit of the 2021 Public Account.

He mentioned that the audit program is made up of 2,050 reviews, that is, 26.8 percent more than those made for 2020 spending. The third part of the evaluations will be delivered in February 2023; it contains the most complex revisions, he added.

Before the San Lázaro ASF Surveillance Commission, Colmenares reported that more than 30 criminal complaints have been filed by different public accounts related to high-impact issues, and that they will continue with these filings when all the elements are available.

Nearly two thousand officials have also been sanctioned, said the auditor, against whom the PAN deputy, María Elena Pérez-Jaen, filed a complaint with the San Lázaro Evaluation and Control Unit for not having provided revisions to the account of 2020 that were discharged.

Among them, one to educational policy when the secretary of this sector was Delfina Gómez.

In the results of the second delivery of the audits to the 2021 Public Account, observations are indicated for 10 thousand 754 million 372.5 thousand pesos, of which 441 million 383.8 thousand pesos have been recovered. In this way, 10 thousand 312.9 million pesos remain to be clarified.

Of this last figure, 111.5 million correspond to the Judiciary, autonomous bodies, non-sectorized entities and the Secretaries of the Interior, Security, Finance, National Defense and the Navy.

Another 612.4 million are related to resources allocated for social development, 2 thousand 913 million to economic development and 6 thousand 675 million to federal spending.

Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) received the largest number of audits, with a total of 17 with observations for one thousand 857 million.

It is followed by the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, with 13 inspections and alleged irregularities for 647 million, 500 thousand pesos.

In a previous session of the Surveillance Commission, the ASF was criticized by the opposition, and even by deputies from Morena.

Inés Parra, from the icing party, said that this organization is disapproved, since it has not wanted to enter fully into the presentation of complaints of facts. It is useless to fight corruption, she assured.

The PAN insisted on summoning the head of Mexican Food Security, Leonel Cota, to appear for anomalies in that agency.

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