Agenda of Public Accounts Committee for May 3, 2022 | Loop Cayman Islands

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Focus to be placed on Customs, Border Control and Major Capital Projects progress

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Sue Winspear, Auditor General of the Cayman Islands

As part of the audit process, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) routinely follows up on the implementation of the recommendations that the OAG and the Public Accounts Committee have made as a result of performance audit reports and the PAC’s hearings on these reports. On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, members of the public are encouraged to tune-in to learn about progress on recommendations of the Auditor General in relation to major capital projects.

In relation to major capital projects, the report of the OAG included 11 recommendations which were directed to the Major Projects Office, which is part of the Public Works Department and is now within the Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. According to the OAG’s report, of the 13 recommendations made, one recommendation was not accepted. Of the remaining 12 recommendations, the OAG’s office assessed that three have been implemented, one has been partly implemented and action is planned, but not yet started, for eight recommendations.

Some of these recommendations which are either not implemented, partly implemented or for which action is planned, but not yet started or for which there is limited progress include the following:

Requirement for the PWD Major Projects Office to regularly review and update the governance framework to ensure that it remains fit for purpose, including providing indicative timescales for each stage, and develop further guidance as necessaryRequirement for the PWD Major Projects Office to review and update the governance framework to make clear how the CEO and board of a SAGC fit in to the decision-making process when they are the main clientsThe Government should ensure that its approval processes for budgets and major capital projects are aligned and that budget documents include complete and consistent information on capital investment decisions, including indicative capital and operational costs such as the implications of PPP projects. It should also ensure that the approval processes are taken into account when considering compliance with the FFR in the short, medium and long-termsThe Financial Secretary and Attorney General formally sign off on the financial and legal sections of business cases of the entire project and the operational cost going to Cabinet for approval

It is important for members of the public to tune-in or attend the PAC proceedings in order to understand the reasons given by Chief Officers and other government officials for years of delay of implementation of the Auditor General’s recommendations. This is also important in understanding the issues what new ministers and new members of government inherit and are now charged to resolve within a tight timeframe and limited budgets.

For those who wish to attend, the agenda for the PAC meeting on May 3, 2022 is set out below.

PAC AgendaWitnessDepartmentTime

Mr Kenneth Jefferson

(Accompanied by Mr Michael Nixon, Senior Assistant Financial Secretary)

Financial Secretary and Chief Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development9:30 am – 10:30 amMr Charles CliffordDirector of Customs & Border Control, Ministry of Border Control10:30 am – 11:30 amMr Wesley HowellChief Officer, Ministry of Border Control11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Mr Tristan Hydes

(Accompanied by Mr Troy Whorms Acting Director of Public Works)

Acting Chief Officer, Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing & Infrastructure
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Mr Kenneth Jefferson

(Accompanied by Mr. Matthew Tibbetts, Accountant General)

Financial Secretary and Chief Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Members of the public may physically attend the PAC hearings at the Parliament building or watch the proceedings online via the government’s Youtube channel.

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