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Volunteers wanted to ‘police’ public servants

Volunteers wanted to ‘police’ public servants

| 15/09/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The Governor’s Office has put out a call for civic-minded, fair and politically neutral accountants, lawyers and other professional volunteers who would like to be considered for a seat on the Commission for Standards in Public Life (CSPL). With the implementation of the law earlier this year, members of this commission will be in […]

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Harris is new head of Anti-Corruption Commission

Harris is new head of Anti-Corruption Commission

| 14/09/2020 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Local attorney Sophia Harris has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission after the departure last month of Richard Coles. Harris has been a member of the ACC for four years and she takes over the leadership with around a dozen active cases still being investigated by the commission’s officers.

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Finance ministry is the star of PAC ‘Oscars’

Finance ministry is the star of PAC ‘Oscars’

| 28/08/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The Ministry of Finance walked away with most of the special gongs handed out Thursday at the now annual Public Accounts Committee awards for government accountants. The idea of the bean-counters ‘Oscars’ is to publicly recognise civil servants who achieved on-time, unqualified accounts through audit after years of problems with the public finances.

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Registrar told to stop collecting unlawful data

Registrar told to stop collecting unlawful data

| 18/08/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The ombudsman has accused the registrar of companies of using a “blunt instrument” to collect information from people with no legal basis. In a recent enforcement order under the Data Protection Law, Sandy Hermiston told the registrar to stop collecting personal data from people who hold minority shares or voting rights in companies, outside […]

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Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

| 13/08/2020 | 49 Comments

(CNS): Claims by the Department of Labour and Pensions that it wasn’t sure where some records were in response to a freedom of information request was “a serious issue”, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston said in her latest appeal decision. Hermiston has ordered the DLP to release dozens of records dating back to 2014, which it had […]

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Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

| 03/08/2020 | 76 Comments

(CNS): Police officers failed to conduct a “thorough, impartial and timely” investigation of a domestic violence incident, according to a report released by the Office of the Ombudsman, which reviewed the case after learning officers had not followed the RCIPS Domestic Violence Policy. Despite numerous shortcomings in the investigation and the disciplinary action recommended by […]

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Maladministration occupies ombudsman

Maladministration occupies ombudsman

| 03/08/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has reported that maladministration by some civil servants is dominating its work, which now covers a range of issues, from data protection to whistleblowing. The oversight body, which was created in September 2017 following the merger of the offices of the information and complaints commissioners, handled 393 enquiries last […]

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COVID-19 estimated cost is $46.7M

COVID-19 estimated cost is $46.7M

| 27/07/2020 | 36 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has found that government’s estimated spending and committed expenditure on the COVID-19 pandemic, as at 19 June, is CI$46.7 million. This unaudited estimate does not include lost revenue and is based on available information supplied by government. With more work to come on the wider costs of this healthcare crisis, Sue […]

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CUC boss says future of power is solar

CUC boss says future of power is solar

| 24/07/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Whether solar panels in the Cayman Islands should be mainly located on rooftops or on land farms to meet the proposed energy goals may be up for debate, but Richard Hew, the CEO of Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), is certain that the sun will provide the country’s future power needs. Appearing before the Public […]

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PAC strikes record of Pierson’s claims

PAC strikes record of Pierson’s claims

| 22/07/2020 | 45 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED WITH VIDEO: The Public Accounts Committee has struck from its records allegations made by the chairperson of the OfReg board about the auditor general’s report on the regulator, which were made during the hearings last week. Claims made by Linford Pierson that the audit was inaccurate in several areas were refuted on Thursday […]

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Fidelity CEO admits breaking law

Fidelity CEO admits breaking law

| 24/06/2020 | 160 Comments

(CNS): Brett Hill, the CEO of Fidelity, has said it has not been possible to meet the requirements of the amended Pensions Law, which allows members to take cash from their pension fund to help them through the COVID-19 crisis, because the company needed more time.

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