2021 Auditor General Report Hits ‘Bestseller’ List, Again

Ryan Straughn
Auditor General, Leigh Trotman

The 2021 Auditor General Report is in and guaranteed to be another best seller. As usual Auditor General Mr. Leigh Trotman and team outlined a number of incomplete and questionable transaction done by our public servants.

What Barbadians can be guaranteed arising from the 2021 Auditor General Report is that the 2022 report will be more of the same. Although former Opposition Leader Bishop Joe Atherley has voiced concerns about a moribund Public Service Committee (PAC) during the current dispensation with no elected opposition in the Lower House – the question for the good Bishop is tell when has the workings of the PAC ever made a difference? Mind you the blogmaster is not disputing the fact the PAC is designed to be an important working committee in our system of governance.

Since taking the post of Auditor General in 2006, I have requested the filling

of a number of vacancies, and a few additional staff have been supplied. However, the

rate of loss of staff due to retirement, transfers or resignations has far outweighed the

number added. This has resulted in a chronic shortage of manpower, especially at the management level, and results in Executive Management having to take on additional

responsibilities, such as leading audit teams, which is not the best use of this resource.

2021 Auditor General Report

To be honest the blogmaster stopped reading after the Auditor General’s introductory comment on pages 9 and 10. What is the point of reading the same old same old that continues under BLP and DLP governments? There was high expectation given to the public by Minister Ryan Straughn in the finance ministry when the 2019 Public Finance Management Act was passed in parliament. To date state owned entities (SOEs) have largely ignored a key requirement of the ACT which is to present timely financials. We wonder why apathy, cynicism and significant disengagement by citizens continues to grow. Can we seriously describe what we practice as a relevant democratic system of government?

How can a people have confidence in any government of Barbados- including the BLP incumbent with its unprecedented 30-0 mandate- if it is unable to demonstrate an adequate financial management standard of public monies? The NIS fund and Clearwater comes to mind.

Why does the Auditor General have to repeat year after year, whether B or D government, that he does not have adequate resources to efficiently give account how public monies are spent? Instead the BLP administration had no problem establishing a Public Affairs Unit which many believe duplicates the functions of the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS). We know why ‘dont’ we?

#tired #NTSH

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Bounced checks carry the names of the frauds who presented them, easy to get a phocopy from the banks……so who is HIDING THOSE NAMES…

    Theo…am not catching, just reading one comment at a time, starting at the bottom..

    TLSN, William…not failing but ALREADY IN FAILED STATE STATUS..

    “Reporting in his 2021 report for the 12-month period ending March 31, Trotman said “A balance of $32,786,650.07 was reported in respect of dishonoured cheques received. However, the relevant listing of the individuals or entities to whom these amounts referred was not provided for audit inspection; hence, the auditors could not verify this total,” he outlined.

    The Auditor General has cast doubt on several figures presented by the Government Treasury which were prepared by the Accountant General’s Office.”

    “Now I know that having solved a million-dollar problem, not one of wunna will say — “gi Theo a little change a pick in the IT department”

    HIRING: Thieves Only, must be a political groupie..

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    555…they caught one of the crooked clans on camera trying to flee Sri Lanka.

    https://t.me/rtnews/26761

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  • @AOP
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/11/06/imfs-latest-cash-injection-48-million/
    From BT
    “Barbados is set to receive $48 million from the International Monetary Fund possibly by next month, bringing total disbursements under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to 305 million special drawing rights (SDR)”

    You shouldah see how they crowed, ran, jumped, shouted and broadcasted that they got $48M from the IMF.

    They getting 300M+ from the IMF and at the same time $300+M going out the back door. Now I am no accountant, but basic maths tells me that 300 is much more that 48 and very close to 305.

    They treating the IMF as if it is an International Magician Fund “300 here, 300 gone there”, Now you see it; now you don’t.

    Warning: I am no economist,
    If we can hook back that missing money we would need less input from the IMF (International Magician Fund).
    Next multi-million dollar problem solved and not one of wunnah gun say “TheO can add. He know a big number and can figure out the bigga of two numbas. You see how easily he figure 300 is mo than 48 and that 300 is near to 305. Gi he a ‘likkle’ change. Gi he a pick in the countin department or Ministry of ‘Finants’. Mek he ministuh of something or promote he like Stinkler”..

    Blogmaster, give my email address to the first Minister that calls. I am watching my mailbox.

    Stole (likkle and finants from GP)

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  • The IMF inflow is balance support in SDRs (foreign exchange). Leaking internally is an entirely different challenge.

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  • Breaking news.. I was offered a post by the AG but turned that down.
    I want a job at a state agency. Trying to figure out get a job from 2014 to 2021 at NCC.

    From BT (heavily edited)
    GAIA financial statements for the review period are currently being audited.
    NCF has completed audited accounts for 2020, while those for 2021 are in progress.
    NCC has not provided audited accounts from 2014 to 2021.
    NHC said its audited accounts for 2013 and 2014 were completed, but that the five-year period 2015- 2019 “will not be audited”; audited accounts for 2020 were in progress, while the audit of 2021’s had not started.
    QEH reported that audits of its accounts for 2012 to 2016 were completed, while 2017, 2018 and 2019 were at various stages of completion. The audit of accounts for 2020 and 2021 had not yet started.
    TB audits for the financial years 2020 and 2021 are outstanding
    TA reported audits of its accounts from 2015 to 2021 were completed.
    UDC, which provides loans to assist with house repairs and acquisitions, said audits of its accounts for 2018 to 2021 were completed. However, the Auditor General said there was “uncertainty” on what action the Commission has taken on the audit of the accounts which were outstanding for the period 31st March, 2008 to 31st March, 2017.
    BTMI said audits of accounts from 2014 to 2020 were completed but accounts for the 2021 financial year were outstanding
    BTI Inc said its audited accounts for 2020 and 2021 were still outstanding.
    BWA said audits of its financials for 2018 and 2019 were at an advanced stage, while those for 2020 and 2021 had not started.
    CBC reported that audited accounts for 2021 were in progress
    TVET had outstanding audited accounts for 2020 and 2021.
    BAMC has yet to produce audited financials for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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  • “The problem, which some BU contributors have seemingly refused to acknowledge or accept, is that similarly to dishonest politicians, there are dishonest civil servants as well.”

    This!

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  • Hope Dr. Yearwood makes a bulletin board listing item by item how much money govt has giving away into the hands of big business since 2018 plus the millions unaccounted for as missing
    Including in that the list is the pittance or a drawing of the food baskets for the hardworking Barbadian people
    Place it on social media platforms where it can be shared

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  • “Sherlock Holmes investigation findings are as such
    Those millions could not have been emptied into the hands of govt workers struggling to make ends meet….”
    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Perhaps you meant ‘Shiitelock Homes?’

    Because ‘Sherlock Holmes’ was supposed to be a HIGHLY INTELLIGENT investigator, with an estimated IQ of 190……
    …… and not a guy known to mislead, misinterpret, misrepresent or miseducate.

    🤣 🤣 🤣

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  • No laughing matter
    The govt that keeps on giving

    Auditor General Leigh Trotman says that based on public records, the property housing the abandoned Four Seasons Project has been transferred to a private company but he has seen no evidence of payment related to the transaction.

    Trotman gave an update on the matter in a follow-up audit in his 2021 annual report, one year after he raised concern about $120 million related to the project being written off in 2018.

    “In respect of the sale of the property, a review of the records at the Land Registry Department indicates that the property has been conveyed to a private company. However, there is no evidence of consideration being paid,” the Auditor General reported.

    Trotman recalled that in his 2018 and 2020 reports, he “indicated that there were some concerns surrounding the accounting treatment of a loan guarantee made by the Government of Barbados through its company, Clearwater Bay Limited, in the sum of $120 million”.

    “This guarantee was in relation to the construction of the proposed Four Seasons-managed hotels and villas. The sum of $120 million had appeared in the books of the Government as a receivable for a number of years but was completely written off in 2018,” he said

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  • Being on social.media platforms can be depressing at times after reading and receiving messages from people mostly those who are going through severe hardships and unable to make ends meet
    These are people who have worked very hard enable themselves to push hard work hard and accomplished enough to sustain a favorable quality of life
    Now unemployed and finding no way out seeking assistance from those who they belive might be able to assist them
    Meanwhile the govt pleas and send out PR messages asking said people to help others
    Meanwhile the govt Ministers have yet to initiate an example whereby they show the people that they are willing to suffer along with them
    Minister salaries remain untouch
    Consultant and advisors salaries are guaranteed and remain untouched
    Meanwhile the lowly are asked to sacrifice
    New version of punching above and beyond weight

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Angela…there is a FB group Bajans Helping Bajans, where people with the means volunteer to personally deliver food baskets to those less fortunate….pass the word.

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  • All Rights ReservedJuly 13, 2022 6:05 AM

    Angela…there is a FB group Bajans Helping Bajans, where people with the means volunteer to personally deliver food baskets to those less fortunate….pass the word
    Xxx
    OK

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  • NorthernObserver

    @TheO
    I know it wasn’t in the artikkle…but since it’s incorporation in 2011, Clearwater Bay Limited has NEVER filed a single annual report.
    This despite have the most senior of public employees comprising it’s Board of Directors, including the HEAD of the public service. Maybe the public service is not aware of the reporting requirements??

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  • NorthernObserver

    “No laughing matter
    The govt that keeps on giving”
    The onliest thing Mr.Trotman leff out…the property was transferred in 2015.
    And effin de documents BU got that fell off de back of a lorry, it was sold, not by the GoB, but Paradise 88 Ltd. No wonder he can’t find the money??

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    And “guidance” is they will continue to raise rates “beyond the neutral zone” (2%-3%) Now at 2.5%, expect another stiff increase next month.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Northern…we know it was a SCAM FROM DAY 1 when foolish Thompson took it upon himself to give the people’s money to crooks…

    …check their attorney for all the answers.

    ..but wait….where is that attorney these days.????..

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  • Get serious!
    Call for penalties on Auditor General’s report
    by SHAWN CUMBERBATCH
    shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com
    IT IS TIME FOR ministries and departments to be penalised in light of the Auditor General’s persistent evidence that Government is “bleeding” millions of dollars.
    That is the recommendation of former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados David Simpson, who said there was a risk that the effectiveness of the report “is being dwindled down because no real action is being taken to create the result that we need”.
    Chairman of Integrity Group Barbados (IGB) Andy Armstrong was also worried that the Auditor General’s concerns were not being taken seriously enough.
    He urged Government to fulfill its promise to give the office the staff it needed and for state agencies that did not file their financials on time as required by law to be penalised.
    “I feel as though the Auditor General is speaking every year and there are no apparent serious steps or improvements being made.
    “So while I know there is a big outcry over what people are seeing from where I sit it is a common thread running through the issues that are being raised that needs to be addressed in a meaningful way once and for all.
    “And I think a lot of the resources are there, but we just need to be able to enforce better, and sensitise, continue the training and add that sanction, or that disciplinary component, to hold people accountable more for these breaches and for them to understand the serious nature of it.”
    The chartered accountant said the issues raised by the Auditor General were serious enough to affect Government revenue and expenditure policy, and its funding strategy.
    He added that a major downside of poor financial management in the public sector was that Barbadian tax payers were the ones carrying the burden.
    “So when a system has so much bleeding out of it, it begs the question if we had better and more sound financial management, would we be in a position where we need the level of loans that we have, or the level of increases in taxation,” he stated.
    Armstrong said while the IGB was “impressed by what the Auditor General is able to continue to do, even though he doesn’t have a full complement of staff”, his office needed to be better resourced.
    “I would imagine the first thing Government would say as well is ‘we don’t have the funds’. But surely you want to make sure that you spend your funds wisely, and therefore having a properly resourced Auditor General department is really critical,” he said.
    The former president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry also said that in the same way that companies could be penalised by regulators for their failure to produce audited financial reports on time, Government needed to lead by example in ensuring its own entities were similarly expected to comply.
    “What I would suggest is that the Auditor General have the power to penalise in some way agencies who refuse to file on time. Right now, there don’t appear to be any consequences apart from ministers or the Auditor General saying, ‘come on, come on, please get up to date’. But after a while they realise that ‘they are not going to do us anything if we don’t’,” he said.
    “So there should be the ability to put some form of penalties or censure in place. I think if you if you do it to one or two, and you publicise that, you will very soon find that all of them start to fall in line.”
    Simpson was confident that “if we can achieve full compliance of all agencies, and departments, in government with the Public Financial Management Act, continue the training and sensitisation of offices at all levels, set benchmarks and so on, then we will start to see a reduction in incidents of what the Auditor General reports”.
    “But we also have to be able to take clear steps where there are breaches and clear steps in terms of sanction and penalties, to make sure that full compliance can be achieved,” he added.


    Source: Nation

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  • 4million paid to dead people
    6 million missing
    4 million in bad checks
    Xxx
    Do expect heads to roll if the head is bad the body rots
    Ryan straughan says he was unaware of all that was happen within the financial sector of govt

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  • Read Straughan says govt recovers 3.9 million of the money paid to dead people
    It would be of interest how he recover that money with such quickness
    Also who were the armed bandits involved in the theft
    Also was the Barbados police involved in the recovery
    Why were not names mentioned involved in the thieving of govt revenue
    Seems like a smoke and mirror plot by Straughn to cover up incompetence and ineptness
    Sounds too good to be true

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  • ac
    He said that SOME of the money has already ben recovered.
    Could be $87.98

    You only setting up Artax to cuss you for the rest of the damn day now for being an idiot…

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  • @Bush Tea

    You good friend Walter is hammering the exposures in the Auditor General report.

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  • Bush TeaJuly 14, 2022 8:31 AM

    ac
    He said that SOME of the money has already ben recovered.
    Could be $87.98

    You only setting up Artax to cuss you for the rest of the damn day now for being an idiot…
    Xxxxx
    The only person that can place blessings or causes on me is God
    No one on this earth have such might or authority
    Yuh brass bowl

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  • Government has already recovered some of the $3.9 million flagged by the Auditor General as pension payments to dead people, says Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn.

    #BarbadosNation #Barbados

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  • The minister stated there was sone support from financial institutions in recovering some of the funds. One can read between the lines that direct deposits could have accumulated in bank accounts, therefore sent back to sender(NIS).

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    Were we going to ever hear about the 3.9M loss or recovery of SOME if the Auditor General had not raised the issue…

    .wuh if they are paying the deceased pensions and millions too…….how many dead people were still on the VOTER’S LIST, they did not have to pay them a dime..

    apparently DUE DILIGENCE is still not a world in their vernacular..

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  • I remember a case involving an accountant who was stealing from a company by inflating the payroll, until his deeds were discovered by someone independent of that organisation.

    An audit is simply a process whereby an independent third-party examines the financial statements of a business entity…… in an effort to offer an objective, unbiased verification of all the material information thereon, and whether or not they were presented fairly and in accordance with the applicable accounting framework.

    The reality is, as long as money is involved, dishonest individuals will either circumvent or ignore accounting procedures in their efforts to steal.

    Obviously, we would not have known about the $3.9M, if the auditors did not discover the overpayments while conducting their audits and Auditor General subsequently highlighting the issue in his 2021 annual report.

    Assuming the overpaid pensions were deposited to bank or credit union accounts, then, ‘government’ cooperation with those financial institutions would be simple.

    And, because those ‘dead people’ remained on the ‘pensions list,’ does not necessarily means their names remained on the voters list.
    Two completely different issues.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    The operative word here is DUE DILIGENCE…that’s why it’s in ALL CAPS..

    and yes, there were many, many deceased people on the voters list that had to be PURGED..

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  • Statement from the Revenue Authority in reference to the 6million unaccounted funds
    Xcccc

    https://bra.gov.bb/News/Press-Releases/Statement-from-Barbados-Revenue-Au.aspx

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  • William Skinner

    The whole problem is simply that the Auditor General needs more power. Our government accounts procedure need a modern , technology based overhaul.
    Otherwise, we just spinning top in mud.
    Another interesting sign is that ministers now talk about “ l “ rather than “ my ministry “. Gladstone Holder warned us about how language is indicative of the mindset.
    I would prefer we return to the “ my ministry “ rather than “I”.
    Peace.

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  • The Auditor General mentioned instances where pensions were prepared and payments approved by the same individuals.
    If the cheques are electronically pre-signed, then, those persons could also print cheques as well.

    That process clearly contravenes internal control procedures for cash disbursements, such as segregation of duties and processing and authorisating disbursements.
    Also, theft is usually facilitated by collaboration. There may a situation, for example, where the individual who processed and authorised payments and print cheques, may collaborate with the person who is responsible for reconciling the bank accounts.
    Those financial inefficiencies are usually discovered by an independent third-party.

    Due diligence is simply another term for audit, review, analysis, verification, investigation etc…….. functions that are essentially undertaken during an audit.

    Obviously there will a need to ‘purge the voters’ list’ from time to time.
    But, where is the evidence to suggest that “many, many deceased people on the voters” list were receiving pensions?
    Unless we’re to believe the only people who die are those of pensionable age.

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  • Artax,

    Whatever happened to the case of the young woman who was responsible for preparing cheques and who then volunteered to help a co-worker with the bank reconciliations?

    She was said to have made off with over $800,000 of NIS funds, if I remember correctly.

    When the basics internal controls measures are being ignored it should be down to those in charge.

    You cannot be at the beginning and the end of a process, essentially checking your own work.

    That allows for a person to cover his/her tracks for too long of a period.

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  • Due diligence is simply another term for audit, review, analysis, verification, investigation etc…….. functions that are essentially undertaken during an audit.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Due diligence is the DIRECT responsibility of senior management, and with regard to POLICY, of the Board of directors.
    The role of auditors is really just to conduct some random checks and to review the control SYSTEMS that are in place.

    NO AUDITOR can properly provide full assurance of the integrity of a system. THAT IS a full time MANAGEMENT role.

    Since we don’t EVER hold senior managers to account, (and in fact, since they get PROMOTED and HONOURED radically when they FOUL UP) we will ALWAYS continue to see the THIEVING of state funds by the usual suspects. who then move UP the ladder to bigger thieving….

    The poor Auditor General is doing as much as can be expected in the circumstances.
    Expecting him to do the work of the dishonest .incompetent MANAGERS and the tainted politicians/Boards is just ignorant wishful thinking of brass bowls.

    No damn wonder we are poorer and poorer….

    Shri Lanka, Barbados is with you….

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  • Donna

    I remember a lady, her husband and a friend collaborating to steal funds from the NIS.

    Is that the case you meant?

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  • RE: “Due diligence is the DIRECT responsibility of senior management, and with regard to POLICY, of the Board of directors.”

    Who ‘said’ it WASN’T?

    RE: “The role of auditors is really just to conduct some random checks and to review the control SYSTEMS that are in place.”

    Not ENTIRELY true.

    RE: “NO AUDITOR can properly provide full assurance of the integrity of a system. THAT IS a full time MANAGEMENT role.”

    Who ‘said’ OTHERWISE?

    RE: “The poor Auditor General is doing as much as can be expected in the circumstances.”

    The Auditor General is doing EXACTLY what is EXPECTED of him.
    And, that is preparing a report based on the results of audits CONDUCTED by AUDITORS in his department.
    You guys give the impression Mr. Trotman is a ‘Lone Ranger’ who goes around auditing the financial statements of all Government owned entities and preparing an annual report.
    Not once does anyone give CONSIDERATION to the supporting AUDITORS who diligently perform their functions, under circumstances where the Office is ‘short of staff.’

    What I find on BU is that some persons fail to ‘historically contextualize’ a discussion. In other words, they don’t follow and understand a particular discussion from its beginning and place comments within their particular context.
    Something that is taught in English Literature.

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  • William Skinner

    The only lesson to be learnt here is that under both administrations, the Auditor General’ s report seems to have been relegated to nothing but hot air.
    However we cut it , slice it and dice it, nothing of any major significance seems to be done to meticulously hold people accountable.
    This nonsense has been going for donkey years .
    Hopefully , we will one day wake up to an Auditor General’s report that drives fear in all those who are incompetent and the foolishness will then come to an end.
    Until then………………………….

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  • William Skinner July 15, 2022 10:08 AM #: “The only lesson to be learnt here is that under both administrations, the Auditor General’ s report seems to have been relegated to nothing but hot air.”

    Mr. Skinner

    You seem to have forgotten about a non-functioning Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under successive BLP and DLP administrations.
    The anomaly of the PAC is that when an administration loses the general elections, the former PM or the political party’s president, becomes Opposition Leader…… who becomes Chairman of the PAC.
    So, a situation is essentially created whereby the Chairman is asked to investigate allegations of financial improprieties that OCCURRED under his/her administration.

    The entire public accounting system is in ‘shambles.’
    Adhering to financial rules and regulations is blatantly disregarded.

    “To meticulously hold people accountable,” especially in statutory corporations, is often hindered by the ‘popular phrase,’ “De Minister send me here, so you can’t do me nuffin.”

    I know of a situation at a certain SOE, where an individual who was not an authorized ‘travel officer,’ submitted a travel claim for over $700.
    The Director rushed to sign the claim, to which the individual responded, “You better sign my claim before I kick you down de stairs.”
    After which he called the Minister, who was his personal mate, who instructed that the guy should be paid.

    Investigating criminal offences committed at SOE’s is often obstructed by political interference or intervention, whichever word is appropriate……. and even moreso if the perpetrators are political operatives.

    According to Bush Tea’s accurate assessment, people in management positions are promoted on the basis of incompetence.

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  • Artax,

    I don’t think the husband was involved in this case. He is reported to have said that she told him she had won a lottery overseas while on holiday.

    The woman is said to have volunteered to help her co-worker with the reconciliations. The co-worker was not charged for her stupidity/laziness.

    By the way, aren’t internal audits also recommended to be carried out to test systems on a regular basis? Some places have an internal auditor.

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  • @Artax

    Who are responsible for disciplining public servants if it continues repeatedly as highlighted by auditor general reports.

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  • Oh rasclot! I didn’t even think of that! The time lag of reporting would mean that transactions under one’s own administration would be often left to be investigated by one’s self.

    “What a ting, nuh!”

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  • Donna

    I cannot remember that specific case at this time. I may need a bit more information to ‘jog my memory.’

    Getting old, the memory is going.

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  • @ Theo

    Now skipper dont let me and come wrong! I dont mind you looking for a pick at the NCC, but let me tell you now dont let me catch you sniffing round the cashier job at BRA cause I done got that one block for me! Even went Saturday and buy a nice back pack in Swan Street to tek wuk.

    Now how many years it is that the LIFELINE OF BAJANS (dat is the NIS for wunna that aint know) have not file a return? In my view that is the one that want filing first! Not just filing either but publishing for we all to see. I for one curious to see the receivables and the aging on them. Also would love to see the decalred real estate holdings and the annual rental return on dem. Of course that is only my wishfull thinking. LOL

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  • David

    I believe it is Personnel Administration.

    But, I ‘speak’ under correction.

    I know Police has its own disciplinary committee.
    Officers are suspended for misconduct, pending the results of an investigation.
    Suspected ‘bent’ police officers are always under scrutiny.

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  • NMTSH
    Shelf life expired.
    All that will be done (nothing) was done.
    Of over $3M ‘over paid’ some was recovered. ‘Some’ was not quantified. One person wanted to know if some was 87 cents

    Waiting for the 2022 AG report.
    A next best seller

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  • William Skinner

    @ Artax
    Why would I forget the PAC ? That’s just another failure, as you said, under both parties. I thought we were looking at the Auditor General.
    However, I can state that Rev. Atherley as Chairman of the PAC, was doing his job.
    How successful he was is another thing all together.

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  • Fell off a truck…

    Dear Sir,
    Only bad news, but I am hoping that you can give me some good news.

    After departing this dear earth, I found myself in an extremely hot place. You would be surprised at some of the Barbados big boys who are here with me. Lots of small fishes too.

    Well, I thought that death would be end of all expenses, but nothing is free here in hell and, surprisingly, expenses increase every year. The challenge is trying to figure out what the devil 8 will do with the money collected.

    I am hoping that you can increase my old age pension so as to reflect the increases occuring here in hell. That would be good news.
    Looking forward to seeing you (soon, I hope)
    A dead Bajan

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  • Mr. Skinner

    The PAC is supposed to act on information received from the Auditor General’s Reports.

    That is why I included it in the the ‘discussion.’

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  • are promoted on the basis of incompetence….
    Nah. Based on doing what their elected bosses want. And not seeing anything but 🤩🤩 in fellow employees.
    Shite man dey have to mek a living too. They must keep up with inflation and it isn’t coming salary increases.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    This is where DUE DILIGENCE comes in for departments that issue payments…

    they should be ASHAMED to say that there is a death registER that no one pays attention to….there is administrative staff in every department so why are they not at least WEEKLY perusing the death register to match with those who receive pensions…etc.

    ““One of the things that I did indicate, especially to the Treasury and to the NIS, was not alerting me as to the fact that the Death Register was not available for the past three years,” he said.

    We agree that as the Minister, he should be informed. But to average onlookers, this appears to be a rudimentary part of the workflow of the NIS and the Treasury, to which a supervisor or head of department should address.”

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Theo…am thinking they are lying here, that death register had to have been IGNORED for OVER 10 YEARS….they saw the names but someone was not letting go that scam…

    what 3 years what….or this would have been discovered much earlier…

    these are professional liars…

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  • Next problem solved.

    Get two or three UWI students. Give them summer work to go though the newspapers and other sources so as to make a list of deaths for say the past four or five years.

    A next student with programming skills to merge this list with the payment list and to flag ‘dead’ that still getting money

    Third simple solution. Coat the government 4 months of salary for three guys. Millions saved and still nobody says “Gi TheO a likkle pick”

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Now that the WORLD knows how INCOMPETENT in doing the people’s BUSINESS as EMPLOYEES and competently TIEFING they all are…..the people/electorate should stay MILES AWAY from ALL OF THEM…

    not one of them can be believed, liars and FRAUDS…from top to bottom.

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  • The AG has been producing reports for donkey years. At each report we get excited, act as if it is something new, suggest solutions for the many problems that were identified and then fall into silence.

    We will go through this exercise again.

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