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Bill outlaws CIG board conflicts

Bill outlaws CIG board conflicts

| 11/01/2017 | 25 Comments
(CNS): The Public Authorities Bill, 2016, which is expected to go before legislators over the next few weeks when parliament meets for the last time before the General Election, will, if passed, outlaw conflicts of interest for board members. The new legislation will standardise statutory authoritie [...]

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Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

| 21/12/2016 | 22 Comments
(CNS): Two pieces of legislation published on the government gazette this month will pave the way for the creation of an Ombudsman’s office that will take over the functions of the existing Office of the Complaints Commissioner and Information Commissioner’s Office. But the primary role of t [...]

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ICO passes PR report case to courts

ICO passes PR report case to courts

| 07/12/2016 | 35 Comments
(CNS): The legal challenges are mounting for government over the permanent residency controversy generated by the point system for occupations in the new law. As well as the action requesting a judicial review on the applicant’s 29-month wait for a decision, the premier is about to face anothe [...]

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ICO warns of ‘weaknesses’ with CIG websites

ICO warns of ‘weaknesses’ with CIG websites

| 30/11/2016 | 5 Comments
(CNS): The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned that “serious problems remain” across government as departments are still not updating or properly utilizing their websites to allow the public access to information. In its most recent review of 89 public authorities, the ICO found s [...]

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CIG picked wrong bidder in scrap metal tender

CIG picked wrong bidder in scrap metal tender

| 30/11/2016 | 37 Comments
(CNS): The government ended up awarding a scrap metal contract to the wrong bidder because it focused purely on the price offered by one contractor rather than on experience and ability. The Office of the Auditor General has highlighted that the price tag can sometimes disguise other problems and th [...]

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Rivers takes aim at Anglin over contracts

Rivers takes aim at Anglin over contracts

| 18/10/2016 | 59 Comments
(CNS): The education minister slipped into campaign mode on the floor of the Legislative Assembly Monday, as she launched an attack on her predecessor in the education ministry, Rolston Anglin. During the debate on the Procurement Bill, Tara Rivers made thinly veiled allegations of corruption and a [...]

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MLAs back bill to tighten public procurement

MLAs back bill to tighten public procurement

| 17/10/2016 | 14 Comments
(CNS): A bill designed to remove political interference, create transparency, improve efficiency, get better value for money and generally tighten up the entire process around government procurement was backed by the parliament Monday, with no opposition, following its second reading. Government hop [...]

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Holes remain in FOI tracking for public authorities

Holes remain in FOI tracking for public authorities

| 11/10/2016 | 5 Comments
(CNS): Ten public entities out of ninety (11%) are not using the central government tracking system for freedom of information requests because they cannot access it or because of insufficient training for their information managers, which means the government is still not able to keep track of all [...]

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Committee falls apart over merger of OCC and ICO

Committee falls apart over merger of OCC and ICO

| 06/10/2016 | 23 Comments
(CNS): MLA Ezzard Miller has resigned as chair of the parliamentary oversight committee that deals with the Office of the Complaints Commissioner as a result of government’s plan to merge the OCC with the Information Commissioner’s Office and a new police complaints commission. He also revealed [...]

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Figures reveal speedier FOI requests

Figures reveal speedier FOI requests

| 03/10/2016 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The latest statistics from the Information Commissioner’s office have revealed a 42% drop in the number of freedom of information requests being made by members of the public. But the numbers published to mark this year’s Right to Know week have also revealed that government is getting mu [...]

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CIG seeks more control over hospital with board change

CIG seeks more control over hospital with board change

| 22/09/2016 | 15 Comments
(CNS): One of the many pieces of legislation that government plans to steer through the Legislative Assembly next month is a small but nevertheless significant change that government hopes will help it keep a tighter rein on the hospital. The Health Services Authority Law (2016) Revision, which was [...]

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