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OfReg: Audit highlights inconsistent leadership, limited governance and oversight

Utility regulator OfReg’s first three years in operation have been plagued by a lack of strategic planning, little oversight and inconsistent leadership, according to a performance audit issued by the Office of the Auditor General on Monday. The Utility Regulation and Competition Office was established in January 2017 under the Utility Regulation and Competition Law  by merging the regulatory functions of four existing organisations – the Electricity Regulatory Authority, the Information and Communications Technology Authority, the Petroleum Inspectorate and part of the Water Authority. But the lack of effective planning for the merger created problems for the regulator from the outset.

No long-term strategy in Cayman education, report finds

In its first-ever audit of Cayman’s education system, the Office of the Auditor General describes a Ministry of Education that lacks a clear direction of where it is going. 

Winspear gives ‘clean’ audits to 35 agencies

Emphasising the continuing improvement in the Cayman Islands government’s financial reporting, the Office of the Auditor General has given the highest possible rating to 35 of 44 public sector entities when auditing their financial statements for the 2016-2017 budget period.
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Health Services Authority receives first clean audit report

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has received its first clean audit opinion from the auditor general for its 2018 financial statements.

Auditor finds vast differences in pay to board members

From the port boss who receives just $150 per meeting to the utilities director who is paid more than $50,000-a-year, an auditor general’s investigation found vast disparity in the pay handed out to the men and women appointed to the boards of some of the Cayman Islands’ most important institutions.

Airport sign gaffe widely shared on social media

In her recently released report on the unfinished Owen Roberts International Airport project, Auditor General Sue Winspear stated that there were 60 design errors and omissions made in the redevelopment’s plans.

More than $10 million in airport cost overruns

The total estimated cost of the Owen Roberts International Airport upgrade was around $64 million as of last August, an overrun of some $10.5 million from original contract prices, according to a report on the project from the Office of the Auditor General.

Public service larger, less Caymanian

The Cayman Islands public service had more overall employees than ever by the end of 2017, according to a human resources report released by the government last week. A total of 6,250 people worked for either the central government civil service or its associated statutory authorities and government-owned companies by Dec. 31, 2017.

Government job numbers higher after ‘austerity’

The Cayman Islands civil service employed more staff at the end of 2017 than it did in 2008-2009 at the start of public sector austerity measures enacted just after the global financial crisis, an auditor general’s office report has revealed.

Port hires exceeded budget; agency short-staffed

A Cayman Islands Port Authority spending spree on new hires last year left the agency about $400,000 over budget and did not end up covering all the positions the authority said it needed to fill.

Port report: Staff cost overruns, office upgrades, ‘theft’ of motors

A report finding potential fraud risks and alleging breaches of hiring rules at the Cayman Islands Port Authority was released by Auditor General Sue Winspear Friday, following numerous open records requests for the document.
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Legal Department blames Operation Tempura for $2.7M consultant bill

The litigious fallout from the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption probe, which ended nearly a decade ago, was blamed last week for running up a $2.7 million consultant’s bill within government’s Portfolio of Legal Affairs.
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Education ministry audits lag four years behind

Audited financial statements for the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education have not been completed for public review since the government’s 2012/13 budget year, more than four years ago, according to Auditor General Sue Winspear and Financial Secretary Ken Jefferson.

Auditors: Government personnel costs ‘understated’ by millions

The Cayman Islands government spends about 68 percent of its annual budget on employee payroll, according to estimates compiled this week by the auditor general’s office.
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30 goverment agencies get ‘clean’ audits

Thirty of 42 Cayman Islands government entities received the highest possible rating on audits of their finances during the 2015/16 budget year, Auditor General Sue Winspear reported Tuesday.

Report highlights faults in public project planning

Despite improvements being made over the last several years, government still does not properly plan or budget its major capital projects, which could mean that the costs of those developments could be underestimated by a “significant” amount, according to a report released last week by the Office of the Auditor General.

Public health board ‘reluctant’ to forego unpaid patient debts

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Board has been “reluctant” to write off tens of millions of dollars in uncollected debts during recent years, leading to the accumulation of $94.5 million in bills that are unlikely to be paid but which remain on the government’s books, legislators heard Tuesday.

$180,000 report suggests two choices for social welfare

A $180,000 study completed in March as part of an ongoing review of Cayman’s troubled social services network looked at the structure of those services rather than how specific services to the poor and indigent might be improved, according to testimony in the Legislative Assembly’s PAC.

HSA short $21 million cash, writes off millions in debt

The Cayman Islands public health authority has failed to maintain legally required cash reserves for at least the last five years, while at the same time writing off millions in unpaid patient debts, according to auditors.

2 years later, no development plan

Senior Cayman Islands government managers ignored or actively opposed the majority of the recommendations made in a controversial 2015 audit that revealed opaqueness, “unlawful” acts and allegations of corruption in the management of public properties.

Auditor General: Aviation boards’ problems persist

A number of mismanagement problems in local government boards appointed to oversee aviation-related matters went unaddressed for years after a December 2013 audit revealed some embarrassing practices at those entities.

$650,000 budgeted for lawmakers’ constituency allowance, no audit

The Cayman Islands government provides just more than $650,000 annually for what are known as the "constituency allowances" of its Legislative Assembly elected members, but maintains no audited record of how the money is spent.

Auditors: George Town Landfill worth less than $0

The government cannot quantify how great a financial loss it will incur to remediate the George Town landfill, if and when such a project is completed, and the lack of any cost estimates has led auditors to conclude the territory’s environmental liabilities are “understated.”

Doctor charges Health Ministry with ‘incompetent’ failures

Calling a recent auditor general’s report an “indictment” of the entire local healthcare system, a Chrissie Tomlinson Hospital surgeon Wednesday blamed the Cayman Islands Ministry of Health for a series of “incompetent” failures, including the refusal to listen to local doctors on a number of issues.

AG review slams public sector finances with ‘adverse’ opinion

For the second consecutive year, the Cayman Islands government’s attempt to complete an audit of public sector finances has received a failing grade from the auditor general’s office.

Editorial – A ‘critical report’ on government and healthcare

Auditor General Sue Winspear, who succeeded former Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick in July 2016, has picked up right where her predecessor left off — providing evidence that the Cayman Islands government is simply incapable of running large enterprises.

Auditor General’s report: Health resources, information ‘inadequate’

The Cayman Islands government has neither the resources, nor the information available to properly manage an increasingly complex “hybrid” healthcare system for its resident population, Auditor General Sue Winspear concluded in a report made public Friday.

Gov’t focus on price led to bad scrap metal contract

A botched 2013 contract to clean up scrap metal at the George Town Landfill focused too much on price instead of the ability to do the job, according to a new report from the Office of the Auditor General.

Gov’t still rushing in ‘poor quality’ financials

Eight years after former Auditor General Dan Duguay sounded the alarm over $1.5 billion in unaudited government finances, a number of government agencies failed to submit “quality” financial statements, according to Cayman’s current auditor general.

EDITORIAL – PM Theresa May: There’s a new lady in charge

From the Cayman Islands to the United Kingdom, we extend a hearty congratulations to new U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

New auditor general takes office

Sue Winspear took over as Cayman’s new auditor general on Friday, succeeding former Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick, who held the post between July 2010 and October 2015.

New auditor general appointed

An accountant with long experience in U.K. local council government has been selected as Cayman’s new auditor general, the Cayman Islands government announced on its Twitter feed Monday.

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