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Gov’t preps to deal with ‘lean times’

Gov’t preps to deal with ‘lean times’

| 23/03/2020 | 125 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin said government is discussing a range of measures to protect the Cayman Islands, not just from the health crisis presented by the COVID-19 pandemic but the economic one as well and the “very lean times ahead”. Warning of tough times and a significant downturn in business, the premier said talks this […]

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OfReg accused of wasting more public cash

OfReg accused of wasting more public cash

| 05/03/2020 | 80 Comments

(CNS) Updated with correction: The utilities regulator, OfReg, which has already faced criticisms for its lavish spending of public cash while failing to address any of the issues it was created to tackle, wasted well over CI$200,000 in 2018 on renting an office it never used. The regulator also exceeded its travel budget for that […]

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Civil service pay-offs still causing audit concerns

Civil service pay-offs still causing audit concerns

| 03/03/2020 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Government’s efforts to keep a lid on the details of the pay-offs it has made, and continues to make, to senior civil servants who have left the public sector under questionable circumstances are still raising issues for the Office of the Auditor General. In her latest report looking at government finances, Auditor General Sue […]

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Clarity needed on who runs the court, says DG

Clarity needed on who runs the court, says DG

| 03/03/2020 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Questions about the efficiency of the Cayman Islands court system that were raised in a report by the auditor general were the focus of a Public Accounts Committee hearing Monday, when the deputy governor revealed that, when it comes to the administration, who runs what is not entirely clear. Franz Manderson said that while […]

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NRA spending not properly controlled

NRA spending not properly controlled

| 01/03/2020 | 53 Comments

(CNS): The National Roads Authority has been spending large sums of cash without following the proper tendering process, the Office of the Auditor General found in a review of the authority’s financial reports. The NRA has spent public cash on marl, crosswalks and other equipment without putting the pricey contracts out to competitive bids. The […]

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Four gov’t entities miss audit deadline

Four gov’t entities miss audit deadline

| 17/02/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Auditor General Sue Winspear said she was “delighted” with this year’s financial reporting by most government entities after giving 36 out of 40 audits for the 2018 fiscal year a clean bill of health. But she has also noted continued failings in her latest report, released Monday. Despite the improvement on the chaos surrounding […]

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Airport seeks cash for exterior work

Airport seeks cash for exterior work

| 31/01/2020 | 104 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airport Authority is seeking an unsecured CI$12.4 million loan and an overdraft facility of CI $8.5 mllion to cover the cost of the planned airfield, runway and perimeter roadworks at Owen Roberts International Airports, according to a request on the government’s procurement website. An RFP has been issued to financial institutions […]

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Court project delayed by  redtape

Court project delayed by redtape

| 16/01/2020 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has said that red-tape is holding up the redevelopment of the Scotia Building, acquired by the government more than a year ago to provide much needed new court rooms. Speaking at the annual official opening of the Grand Court, on Wednesday, he told the legal fraternity gathered for the event […]

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Consultants invited to make case for new prison

Consultants invited to make case for new prison

| 08/01/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): It’s no secret that Cayman’s prison facilities are not only horribly overcrowded but also unfit for human habitation, with conditions that Prison Director Steve Barrett has called “simply unacceptable”. But after many years of neglect, funding has now been secured to begin the redevelopment process of the current estate. An invitation to tender has […]

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Watchdogs share experience on public cash oversight

Watchdogs share experience on public cash oversight

| 19/12/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): As the Public Accounts Committee gears up to review three auditor general reports in the New Year, highlighting government’s ongoing failings when it comes to managing public cash, the major players responsible for oversight made a recent trip to the UK, where they shared experiences with others in the field. PAC Chair Ezzard Miller, […]

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Gov’t budgets $100M for welfare support

Gov’t budgets $100M for welfare support

| 16/12/2019 | 111 Comments

(CNS): Although government has budgeted around CI$100 million for payments to those in need, it may still not be enough to meet the demands likely to be placed on the Needs Assessment Unit over the next two years. During Finance Committee, MLA Kenneth Bryan (GTC) pressed government over why it was allocating a very similar […]

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