There must be a happy medium between legislative reform that would open Auditor General reports to the public and government’s right to have its say first.
Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush has called for legislative reform that would put Auditor General reports in the public eye in a quicker fashion.
As it stands now the reports are given to the Speaker of the House who distributes the report to members of the Legislative Assembly.
From there the reports come under the scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee and does its own reports, which are tabled in the in the Legislative Assembly and then made public. The reports from the AG can be dealt with only during Legislative Assembly, which further ads to the delays.
Too often the issues under the AG’s scrutiny have become moot or have been dealt with by the time the public learns of the report.
That happened during this past Legislative Assembly when a 2003 report was finally made public.
The information in that report, while interesting, is past due for any group of agency to respond or correct.
The Auditor General’s office is highly important. It has the authority to investigate anything that doesn’t seem kosher in government and that knowledge probably helps keep most politicians above board.
All members of the government work for the people of the Cayman Islands, including the Auditor General. Timely reports from his office to the public can only help with good governance.