Tag: Public Accounts Committee

Miller retakes PAC chair after LA wrangle

Miller retakes PAC chair after LA wrangle

| 08/06/2019 | 54 Comments

(CNS): Government’s attempt to take control of the Public Accounts Committee following the resignation of Ezzard Miller, just as it is embarking on a number of major capital projects, was thwarted Friday when Chris Saunders declined to take up the nomination for chairman. The opposition had accused government of stacking the committee and Saunders refused […]

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Miller steps down from PAC

Miller steps down from PAC

| 08/05/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The outgoing opposition leader, Ezzard Miller, has announced his intention to also resign from the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Following his resignation last week as the formal opposition leader, he has also decided to step down from one of the most important parliamentary committees regarding government accountability. Miller, who has held […]

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OfReg dodges funding bullet from MLAs

OfReg dodges funding bullet from MLAs

| 24/04/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The utilities regulator, OfReg, came close to missing out on an additional $1.3 million in funding during the recent Finance Committee hearings after MLAs were tied on a vote for the money. Opposition members raised concerns over the regulator’s failings to address fuel pump prices and the wholesalers’ acquisition of gas stations. Several members […]

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Miller calls for new approach to board selection

Miller calls for new approach to board selection

| 27/03/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller, who is also Public Accounts Committee chairman, is calling for a different approach to appointing members to public sector boards, noting that government has been recycling the same old members for decades. In the PAC hearing last week, Miller said that the only reason why government was struggling to find […]

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CPA not covered by PA law, claim officials

CPA not covered by PA law, claim officials

| 21/03/2019 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Planning Director Haroon Pandohie and the chief officer in the ministry responsible for the Central Planning Authority have both said that the entity does not fall under the Public Authorities Law. Despite concerns from the public and some politicians that it is the Cayman Islands’ most conflicted board, the CPA does not fall under […]

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ACC chair says unit busier than ever

ACC chair says unit busier than ever

| 06/02/2019 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The Anti-Corruption Commission will need more investigators if the number of reports continues at current levels, according to ACC Chair Richard Coles, a former attorney general of the Cayman Islands. He told the Public Accounts Committee last week that the ACC could proceed with more cases if his team was doubled to match the doubling of […]

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No answer to lack of prosecutions from FRA

No answer to lack of prosecutions from FRA

| 01/02/2019 | 68 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Cayman Islands Financial Reporting Authority, Robert James Berry, has agreed with Public Accounts Committee Chairman Ezzard Miller that there is a perception by international agencies that, despite having an impressive amount of agreements and reporting mechanisms in place, Cayman is failing to prosecute financial criminals. When asked why more bankers […]

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Ethics law undergoing another review

Ethics law undergoing another review

| 30/01/2019 | 63 Comments

(CNS): The long-awaited Standards in Public Life Law, which was first passed by the Legislative Assembly more than four years ago, is going through another review because of backlash from private sector board members, who don’t want their information being made public, government officials told the Public Accounts Committee Wednesday. Although the law was amended […]

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Poor law rename much more than cosmetic

Poor law rename much more than cosmetic

| 23/01/2019 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The deputy chief officer in the Ministry of Community of Affairs, André Ebanks, has said that the overhaul of the outdated poor law desperately needs a name change and it that will be much more than just a bit of cosmetic tinkering. Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee last week, the senior ministry official, […]

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Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

| 17/01/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee member Chris Saunders (Bodden Town West) articulated the frustrations of PAC and the community when he expressed concern that the health ministry had failed to respond to shocking figures revealed more than three years ago that the local insurance companies made a collective profit of more than $51 million in 2015 […]

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NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

| 17/01/2019 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Needs Assessment Unit, Tamara Hurlston, told the Public Accounts Committee that her team had noticed a trend of increasing numbers of elderly people coming to them for help, especially indigent medical support, as meagre private sector pensions fail to stretch to the costs of health insurance.

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