Tag: Public Accounts Committee

Manderson challenges PAC’s Ahearn allegations

Manderson challenges PAC’s Ahearn allegations

| 14/06/2018 | 101 Comments

(CNS): Acting Governor Franz Manderson has said that he will not be taking any disciplinary action against the health ministry’s chief officer, Jennifer Ahearn, because he does not believe that she lied to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), as claimed in the recent correspondence to his office. Manderson said her “recollection could be considered mistaken or […]

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PAC motion threatens CO with contempt

PAC motion threatens CO with contempt

| 12/06/2018 | 97 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee Chair Ezzard Miller has filed a motion in the Legislative Assembly on behalf of the entire committee asking parliament to hold the chief officer in the health ministry in contempt after requests to the deputy governor to discipline her were ignored. Jennifer Ahearn could face prosecution for giving false evidence to […]

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Lack of plan undermining CS goals, says OAG

Lack of plan undermining CS goals, says OAG

| 30/05/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has found that government needs to develop a comprehensive workforce plan to meet its goals as there are significant gaps in managing talent, succession planning, recruitment and retention, and human resource strategies within the civil service. The latest report from Sue Winspear and her team warns that the deputy governor’s ambitions […]

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Consultants guiding ministry in cruise dock tender

Consultants guiding ministry in cruise dock tender

| 10/05/2018 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The chief officer in the ministry of tourism told the Public Accounts Committee Thursday that KPMG is guiding government through the procurement process of the cruise ship dock after Cabinet recently gave the green light to press ahead with the controversial development. Stran Bodden told PAC that the overall project was being coordinated and […]

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PAC members accuse utilities of ‘robbery’

PAC members accuse utilities of ‘robbery’

| 09/05/2018 | 78 Comments

(CNS): Members of the Public Accounts Committee appeared particularly aggrieved about the cost of some utilities when witnesses from OfReg and one of the owners of internet service provider C3 appeared before them Wednesday to answer questions about the regulation of telecommunications, fuel, electricity and water. Focusing largely on the high cost and poor quality […]

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Operation Tempura spin-offs ran up AG’s lawyer bill

Operation Tempura spin-offs ran up AG’s lawyer bill

| 03/05/2018 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Acting Solicitor General Reshma Sharma from the Portfolio of Legal Affairs told the Public Accounts Committee Thursday that spin-off litigation from the fall-out of Operation Tempura, a corruption probe into the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, accounted for a significant amount of spending by the Attorney General’s Chambers on outside lawyers’ fees. Appearing before […]

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PAC queries health insurance sector profits

PAC queries health insurance sector profits

| 03/05/2018 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The private health insurance sector in the Cayman Islands made profits of well over CI$50 million in 2016 while many people here struggle to access insurance, can barely afford it or are inadequately covered, which was a key item on the Public Accounts Committee agenda Wednesday, when the health insurance commissioner appeared as a […]

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Consultants and temps cost public $38.5M in 5yrs

Consultants and temps cost public $38.5M in 5yrs

| 13/03/2018 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands central government spent more than CI$38.5 million on consultants and temporary staff between June 2012 to June 2017, according to a new report from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). The latest audit into how the government is spending public cash once again raises questions about value for money as well as […]

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Taxes missing from all public accounts

Taxes missing from all public accounts

| 02/03/2018 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Government departments are still not reporting on the cash that is collected from taxpayers in their individual financial and management accounts. Although civil service management and even the Public Accounts Committee has been congratulating financial officers and their teams of government accountants for finally submitting their financials on time and reaching clean audit opinions, […]

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Risk committee to be created before governor leaves

Risk committee to be created before governor leaves

| 01/03/2018 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The financial secretary has said that a risk and audit committee should be in place before Governor Helen Kilpatrick leaves the jurisdiction. The creation of yet another government oversight body designed to eliminate the threats to public cash from poor governance has been recommended by the Office of the Auditor General for some time […]

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MACI missing cruise business over marriage

MACI missing cruise business over marriage

| 28/02/2018 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s shipping registry is not attracting cruise lines because current local legislation prevents ships registered here from conducting on-board weddings elsewhere, the chief executive officer of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands has said. During the previous administration then financial services minister Wayne Panton steered through an amendment to the gambling law to […]

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