Managing Public Sector Costs

While the Government has made significant progress in the management of its publicfinances over the past six years, weaknesses still remain. Recent assessmentsreveal that weaknesses in the control systems and accountability mechanisms;particularly in external and internal audit, and public procurement, still hamper the management of budget resources and pose challenges to efficient service delivery[1].  

The Programme will implement those aspects of public sector accountability that continue to face challenges, but are necessary to ensure that the public sector achieves the results demanded of it.  

The expected results from this focus area are improved fiscal management that will support increased efficiency, economic stability and growth.

The transformation and modernisation programme is designed to support the implementation of the Public Financial Management action plan which is   critical to realizing improvements in the quality of public financial management and its positive impact on aggregate fiscal discipline,the strategic allocation of resources and the efficiency of public servicedelivery.  Good public financial management supports not only good governance and transparency but is also crucial for effectively delivering themyriad of services for human and economic development, recognizing the inextricable link between public spending and poverty reduction and growth goals.

The shared corporate services conceptis based on the premise that efficiency gains can be realized if specific resources are “pooled” together to provide the particular services. Legal Services and Internal Audit are two of these services that have been delivered successfully in other jurisdictions under varying models for delivery. During the planning period, investigations will take place to determine how best theseservices can be incorporated into the government-wide SCS concept in theJamaican environment. Benefits to be derived from the introduction of SCS inthese two professional groups include the availability of a wider set of skillsand an expansion of the knowledge base among the staff (e.g. the opportunity tobe involved with different subject matters and tasks).

 With regards to the delivery of shared legal services,it is proposed that all resources be assigned to the Attorney-General Chambers’so as to reduce the turnaround time for decisions at this level thus improving ministerial decision-making and policy/operational implementation.

The concentration of internal auditors within a SCS environment will enable these professionals to provide a wider coverage to theentities by making available different levels of auditors and audit skills thatcan be applied to the specific situation.

 Read more on thelist of projects below:

Strengthening the Auditor General’s Department (AGD)capacity for performance (PA) and Information Technology (IT) audits

 

Improving Transparency and Value For Money of PublicProcurement 

 

Strengthening the Internal Audit System’s (IAS) Capacity

 

Expansionof Shared Corporate Services (SCS) Model to include legal services and internalaudit


Institutionalstrengthening of the Attorney-General’s Chambers