Auditor General’s contract renewed

Auditor General Dan Duguay had his contract renewed for another three years last week.

Mr. Duguay’s three-year contract, which was his first, expires at the end of next month.

In August, Mr. Duguay advised the Governor’s Office that he was interested in having his contract renewed and he heard last Thursday that it would be.

Mr. Duguay was pleased with the development.

‘Both my wife and I are very happy here,’ he said. ‘We consider it our home and we look forward to continuing to live here.

‘I’m also glad to have the opportunity to continue doing this job.’

During his first term, Mr. Duguay raised the profile of the Auditor General’s office much higher than it had been previously by readily talking to the media about his reports and various other aspects of his position.

One of the accomplishments of his first three years that he is most proud of is the change he helped bring about with regard to how reports of the Auditor General are made public.

In the past, Auditor General reports would only be publicised after the Public Accounts Committee reviewed the report and made another report based on its own investigation.

In 2006, after Mr. Duguay lobbied for change, the Cayman Islands Government amended Legislative Assembly Standing Orders to allow the Auditor General’s reports to become public as soon as they are completed and sent to members of the House.

‘I’m very happy it got accomplished because people need information on a timely basis,’ Mr. Duguay said. ‘The way we had it before, there were long delays from the time the reports were completed until they were made public.

During the next three years, Mr. Duguay has another ambitious accomplishment in mind: seeing Public Accounts Committee meetings held in public.

‘One of my goals for the next term is to work with the Public Accounts Committee to accomplish that,’ Mr. Duguay said. ‘The idea is that it’s the public’s business and if there is going to be debate over the Auditor General’s report, the people should have access to those discussions.’

Mr. Duguay said the topic of open Public Accounts Committee meetings was discussed at the Congress of the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions held in the Bahamas last October.

‘It’s increasingly the norm in other jurisdictions,’ he said. ‘Places like Britain and Canada are doing it and are encouraging others to do it, too.’

Another British Overseas Territory jurisdiction looking at opening up its Public Accounts Committee meetings is Bermuda, Mr. Duguay said.