The primary focus of the project was to assist in the institutional strengthening of the Attorney General's Department of Prevention and Corruption. Tetra Tech assisted the executive branch to develop the first anticorruption plan for the country, ahd helped develop specific anticorruption plans for the Foreign Ministry, Education Office, Social Security Office, and the General Prosecutor’s Office.
The project team worked closely with Dominican Republic counterparts to foster transparent procurement processes. The Tetra Tech team also developed training courses on anti-corruption practices in public procurement, helped draft national legislation on procurement, trained the members of the Public Ethics Commissions, and conducted comprehensive surveys regarding corruption in the public sector.
Tetra Tech’s transparency-focused project combined two activity areas: rule of law and anticorruption. The rule of law component focused on assisting the justice system to earn the confidence of citizens by delivering independent, effective, and ethical justice, administered by impartial, highly qualified justice professionals. The anticorruption component served to strengthen those public sector institutions that can help discover, investigate, and prosecute corruption cases.
Both components were designed to strengthen civil society organizations and the media to increase public awareness and demand for justice reform and accountability. The program served to strengthen civil advocacy reform and promote coalitions for justice reform and anticorruption activities.
Tetra Tech, as the principal subcontractor on the USAID Justice Project, provided technical assistance in the implementation of reforms prioritized by the Dominican justice system institutions. Specifically, the project worked to improve the judiciary's technical and management capacity to process critical cases. The project also helped to establish mechanisms that strengthened internal and external oversight of justice sector reform and operations; designed and implemented activities that enhanced the independence and impartiality of justice institutions, particularly the Judiciary and the Public Ministry; and promoted coordination among justice sector actors. The project also managed a grant to a local non-governmental organization to support the sustainability of Community Justice Houses.
Tetra Tech helped implement this USAID project to improve access to public information, public procurement processes, and internal control systems. Tetra Tech worked to ensure that Freedom of Information Offices and their officers have sufficient political and budgetary support. The project also improved transparency and competitiveness in government procurements by assisting the National Office of Procurement, the Comptroller General, and targeted line ministries to follow and promote transparent bidding and award procedures. The project increased the government's horizontal accountability for control of corruption by strengthening checks and balances across key institutions, with the goal of reducing the incidence of corruption.
WHAT OTHERS SAY...
"[Tetra Tech] is an excellent company with whom to work and USAID has been extremely satisfied with their work, which has been and continues to be above and beyond the expected. I recommend them without hesitation."
-Jill Gulliksen, USAID