President seeking close look on public employee finances

President Laura Chinchilla said Friday that she is preparing a decree that will tighten oversight of public officials who supervise public works and concessions.

Details were not given, but Casa Presidencial said that the measure would seek to keep track of changes in the economic status of government workers. The announcement comes in the wake of a scandal over the highway Ruta 1856 along the Río San Juan in northern Costa Rica. In that case investigators became suspicious because one of the inspectors purchased a new home.

Many public employees already have to report their financial status to the Contraloría General de la República during May each year. But the president was quoted as saying this is not sufficient for those involved in major projects.

The decree is being written by the Ministerio de Planificación Nacional y Política Económica, said Casa Presidencial.

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