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Tag: Public Accounts Committee

Customs boss plugging gaps to maximise revenue

Customs boss plugging gaps to maximise revenue

| 31/03/2016 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The collector of customs has revealed that there are challenges with the computer system at the customs department, which is not working as effectively as it could be. Charles Clifford explained that the system acquired by customs was not tailor-made and as a result there are shortcomings. Bu [...]

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Miller warns PAC will call for sanctions

Miller warns PAC will call for sanctions

| 31/03/2016 | 44 Comments
(CNS): As the Public Accounts Committee prepares reports based on the recent hearings scrutinising a number of reports by the Office of the Auditor General, the chair has warned he will be raising his concerns over evidence given by two chief officers and will be asking the deputy governor to discip [...]

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NBF was rigorously managed, claims CoS

NBF was rigorously managed, claims CoS

| 30/03/2016 | 29 Comments
(CNS): The former chief of staff in the premier’s office when McKeeva Bush was at the helm of the last UDP government has denied that the Nation Building Fund was not properly managed. Leonard Dilbert condemned the findings of the Office of the Auditor General and claimed he was not given a chance [...]

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Bush’s ex-assistant admits daughter got $60k+ grant from NBF

Bush’s ex-assistant admits daughter got $60k+ grant from NBF

| 28/03/2016 | 53 Comments
(CNS): Richard Parchment, the former chief political assistant to McKeeva Bush when he was premier, has admitted that his daughter was one of only a handful of Caymanian students who received annual scholarship grants worth more than $60,000 from the Nation Building Fund to play basketball. Appeari [...]

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Shetty hospital falls way short of goals

Shetty hospital falls way short of goals

| 24/03/2016 | 148 Comments
(CNS): Expectations regarding the launch of medical tourism with the opening of Health City Cayman Islands in East End have so far failed to materialise some two years after the hospital founded by Dr Devi Shetty opened. But the Public Accounts Committee also heard from witnesses this month that the [...]

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CO blames minister for lack of plan

CO blames minister for lack of plan

| 17/03/2016 | 38 Comments
(CNS): The chief officer in the planning ministry, Alan Jones, has said that he told the current minister of planning, Kurt Tibbetts, that there was a legal requirement to review the country’s development plan but he did not get the necessary support. However, he admitted to the Public Accounts [...]

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Mac accuses auditors of ‘rotten’ agenda

Mac accuses auditors of ‘rotten’ agenda

| 14/03/2016 | 58 Comments
(CNS): Following the recent meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush has once again hit out at the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and accused them of telling a “bellyful of lies” because of their own “rotten” agenda. Bush has denied that politicians [...]

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Ozzie signs off on medical welfare cases

Ozzie signs off on medical welfare cases

| 14/03/2016 | 40 Comments
(CNS): Public Accounts Committee members were shocked to learn Friday that the law requires the community affairs minister to sign off on all cases of people who need medical care but do not have health insurance or are under-insured. Osbourne Bodden is currently the minister holding the cheque book [...]

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NAU dealing with 2,500 families

NAU dealing with 2,500 families

| 14/03/2016 | 53 Comments
(CNS): The director of the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) revealed that her department deals with 2,500 families in the Cayman Islands annually and the unit is chronically underfunded. Tamara Hurlston said appointments for assessments are backed up for months and she is not expecting any additional fu [...]

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CPA chair admits dismissing technical advice

CPA chair admits dismissing technical advice

| 10/03/2016 | 52 Comments
(CNS): The chair of the Central Planning Authority (CPA) admitted dismissing advice from government experts at the Water Authority – Cayman, the National Roads Authority, the Department of Environment and even the planning department because, he said, his board members know what they are doing [...]

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Dart deal risks remain as talks continue

Dart deal risks remain as talks continue

| 09/03/2016 | 36 Comments
(CNS): The ongoing re-negotiations between the Cayman government and Dart over the controversial NRA agreement still pose risks to the public purse, auditors revealed Wednesday. During the Public Accounts Committee hearing Wednesday, as members questioned Alan Jones, the chief officer in the plannin [...]

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