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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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Ethics law depends on board members’ honesty

Ethics law depends on board members’ honesty

| 03/03/2020 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The regulations accompanying the Standards in Public Life law, which finally came into effect on Sunday, have confirmed that people serving as directors on government boards and commissions have no need to reveal anything about their private finances unless they believe it may conflict with their role. Board members simply have to sign a […]

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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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Regs to come after ethics law starts

Regs to come after ethics law starts

| 28/02/2020 | 16 Comments

(CNS): More than four years after passing the original legislation, government has issued the commencement order for the Standards in Public Life Law, but the regulations will not be published until after the fact. Last month the premier said the issues that had concerned those serving on public sector boards had been addressed through 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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Ombudsman offers info on data protection

Ombudsman offers info on data protection

| 23/01/2020

(CNS Local Life): The Office of the Ombudsman will be holding a meet and greet inside the Government Administration Building on Tuesday morning, 28 January, in recognition of International Data Privacy Day, which will be celebrated in the Cayman Islands for the first time, following the commencement of the Data Protection Law (DPL) on 30 […]

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Teachers tackle 800 ‘incidents’ at CHHS

Teachers tackle 800 ‘incidents’ at CHHS

| 06/01/2020 | 90 Comments

(CNS): Clifton Hunter High School failed to impress during its latest follow-through inspection, making only weak progress on recommendations from earlier inspections in the previous academic year. The report by the Office of Education Standards (OES) reveals that the behaviour of students remains a pressing problem, as records show staff handled 800 “major incidents since […]

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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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MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

| 12/11/2019 | 48 Comments

(CNS): With just over five weeks to go before Cayman goes to the polls to decide whether or not the people want the controversial cruise berthing project to go ahead, the ombudsman has sided with government on keeping key correspondence with the cruise lines secret. Sandy Hermiston has come down in favour of the commercial […]

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