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OAG calls for improved contract management

OAG calls for improved contract management

| 04/07/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Auditor General found that government could save public cash with better management of services contracted out to the private sector. In her latest report, which examined the main service areas where core government uses the private sector, such as gardening and school buses, Auditor General Sue Winspear again found numerous […]

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Auditor warns gov’t about travel expenses

Auditor warns gov’t about travel expenses

| 17/06/2019 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Some government departments are still not justifying their travel expenses and the auditor general is warning public sector accountants that there should be business cases for entertainment, hospitality and travel costs because the area is vulnerable to “abuse and misuse”. In her latest report reviewing the state of government’s financial reporting, Sue Winspear said […]

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Civil service running up overtime bills

Civil service running up overtime bills

| 17/06/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has noted that government has been running up overtime bills for civil servants across a number of departments, leading to budget overruns, as a result of a number of vacancies across the civil service. In Sue Winspear’s latest report on the state of public finances, the independent auditor warned government that […]

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Survey reveals mixed feelings of civil servants

Survey reveals mixed feelings of civil servants

| 12/06/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Half of the civil servants who took part in an engagement survey reported feeling anxious in their jobs, and more than 70% said they did not think it is safe to challenge the way things are done. But 95% also said they are interested in their jobs and 87% were proud to be public […]

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Civil servants unhappy with pay and benefits

Civil servants unhappy with pay and benefits

| 10/06/2019

(CNS): Government workers are increasingly happier and more engaged in their work, according to an internal survey of civil servants, but they are not happy with pay and benefits. The 2018 survey found that only 37% were content with how they were rewarded despite the recent cost of living allowance (COLA) and other pay increases […]

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Carter’s pay-off remains secret

Carter’s pay-off remains secret

| 10/06/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): How much the public purse coughed up to pay off the former director of the Department of Environmental Health, Roydell Carter, will remain a secret, as the Office of the Ombudsman has upheld a decision by government to refuse a freedom of information request made last September. Despite finding that government should not be […]

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Audit was at ‘challenging time’ says Customs

Audit was at ‘challenging time’ says Customs

| 07/06/2019 | 29 Comments

(CNS): The Customs and Border Control Agency has responded to an audit report of its predecessor, the Customs Department, which was made public Thursday. The CBC noted that it was undertaken at a “particularly challenging time”, when the staff were in the middle of a number of new initiatives, including the roll-out of a new […]

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Auditor finds customs falling short

Auditor finds customs falling short

| 07/06/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Although customs is responsible for collecting around $165 million per year in duties, fees and fines, amounting to over 20% of government revenue, the auditor general found a number of shortcomings at the unit, including a lack of any plans and a failure to manage duty waivers. In her latest report, based on an […]

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CIG starts search for cruise port project boss

CIG starts search for cruise port project boss

| 03/06/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The Major Projects Office of the Public Works Department has begun advertising for a senior project manager to oversee the controversial cruise-cargo development project in George Town, on the day the final bids for the project came in and right after campaigners announced they had exceeded the number of signatures needed to trigger a […]

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Gov’t depts move to old Walkers building

Gov’t depts move to old Walkers building

| 20/05/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Counselling Services (DCS) and two of its units have relocated to the old Walkers building, 87 West Apollo House on Mary Street, George Town, and it is understood that parts of the new WORC agency and some police departments are also expected to move there in the coming weeks. Officials confirmed […]

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Ethics bill still under review

Ethics bill still under review

| 10/05/2019 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Some four months after the cabinet secretary told the Public Accounts Committee that government was once again reviewing the Standards in Public Life Law, there is still no date for when it will be implemented. CNS understands that it is still being reviewed, but Governor Martyn Roper is interested in seeing government enact the […]

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