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    ..was published today.
    Haven't had a chance to have a look yet but I"m sure there a cure for insomnia in there somewhere.
    http://www.audgen.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp...eport_2011.htm

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    Spending on the Queen's visit by the Dept of the Taoiseach:
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    13.10 Due to the short notice of State visits in May 2011, the levels of security and confidentiality involved, and the importance of public safety, a number of bodies considered it was not possible to tender for certain services.
    �� an Garda Síochána awarded 22 contracts with a total value of €2.3 million for accommodation, catering, equipment and traffic management related to the visits
    �� the Office of Public Works entered into four contracts with a total value of €900,000 for the provision of electrical, mechanical and building works in the press centre in Dublin Castle prior to the visits
    �� the Department of the Taoiseach engaged a company at a cost of €559,000 to provide event direction and services.

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    3rd level heads were fairly roasted today at the PAC but gave as good as they got for the most part, WIT and all that

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    One would think that the DDDA would have a policy on such things

    A policy needs to be prepared and committed to writing, on the level of expenditure allowed on hotels,
    meals, flights etc.

    http://www.audgen.gov.ie/documents/v...ts/77_DDDA.pdf
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    I've been looking at the chapter on the PPPs - various problems there - waste from abandoned contracts, after tens of millions spent on just gearing up a project.

    Also, tolling contracts for road works that guaranteed profits to a level that aren't sustained by the real user numbers. Consequently we are spending 10s of millions topping up the profits.

    PPPS are a form of borrowing, not shown as such in the Exchequer figures.

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    Irish National Pension Swindled by State Street, Audit Reveals -

    (September 27, 2012)- The Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) was overcharged millions of euros after its transition manager claimed to be an agent, but acted as a "riskless principal," the country's Comptroller and Auditor General has said.

    According to the report, markups of an estimated €2.65 million--5.5 times the contractual fee--were applied to transition fees paid by the pension fund. This amount was reimbursed by State Street.
    http://ai-cio.com/channel/REGULATION...t_Reveals.html
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    Seán Fleming FF TD gives his analysis on the C&AG report - REPORT SHOWS HOWLIN’S FAILURE TO CONTROL WASTEFUL SPENDING –

    Fianna Fáil member of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming TD has said the new Department of Public Expenditure and Reform “has failed to achieve any significant results after its first year in operation.”

    The findings of The Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2011 published today by the Comptroller and Auditor General shows that the new department, presided over by Minister Brendan Howlin “may as well not have existed as it did not control public spending or achieve any real reform.”

    Deputy Fleming said: “I am outlining just a few of the many shortcomings highlighted in the C&AG’s report on public expenditure:

    1. Various government departments delivered harsh and unnecessary cuts in 2011 while at the same time they handed back unspent money to the department of finance instead of providing desperately needed frontline services to the public. €701m was handed back to the Department of Finance by other departments and it is shocking to think that despite the need for funds for services that six departments returned funds as follows: (detailed on page 177 C&AG report)

    Agriculture €255m

    Social Protection €110m

    Health €63m

    Education €31m

    Jobs & Enterprise €38m

    Environment €26m

    Children €12m



    2. Government departments awarded contracts without competition in 555 cases with a total contract expenditure of €266m. This represents a 237% increase on the 2010 figure of €79m. (detailed on page 182, C&AG report)

    3. The Broadcasting Authority is severely criticised in Chapter 20 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report. 61% of all applications for funding for TV and Radio projects in 2011 were rejected. The BAI needs to have a more transparent application process to assist applicants in dealing with the organisation and therefore reduce unnecessary costs on the BAI and the applicants themselves. (detailed on page 264, C&AG report)

    4. There has been a major increase in the percentage of properties, inspected by local authorities, that did not meet the required standards - up to 37% in 2011 compared with 25% in 2010. These are properties where landlords registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board and the inspections were to be carried out on behalf of the PRTB by local authorities. The percentage of properties inspected fell to 6% in 2011 down from 8% in 2010. Clearly where standards have been found to be in decline there is a need for a greater level of inspection, not less. It must be noted that the registration fees are paying for these inspections which are not being carried out. (detailed on page 329, C&AG report)

    Deputy Fleming concluded: “There are clear failings highlighted in the C&AG’s report today in the management of scarce government resources provided by taxpayers. It is not acceptable at a time when the public is expected to endure further attacks on frontline services while Ministers continue to preside over waste and inefficient use of taxpayers’ money.”
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    Another gem from the report - Empty premises: Over €2m spent on lease -

    MORE THAN €2 million has been spent by the Department of Justice and Equality on leasing a building on Dublin’s Wolfe Tone Street – which it has never been able to use.
    In April 2012 the department was informed that ownership of the building was in the hands of receivers, who required confirmation that the department would make the payments as detailed in the lease
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...324534774.html
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    just as well Howlin isn't planning more PPP eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    Seán Fleming FF TD gives his analysis on the C&AG report - REPORT SHOWS HOWLIN’S FAILURE TO CONTROL WASTEFUL SPENDING –


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    It's not true to say that contracts awarded without tender are waste.

    There is a need for openness in the way government does business but we need to acknowledge that it comes at a price. Tendering for every contract is not the most efficient way to do things.

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    Tendering is unlikely to resolve waste problems in government contracts. Besides, the usual caper is for civil and public servants to accept a low tender and then not notice the clauses in the contract which ends up costing the public purse money in the form of huge and unreasonable costs such as the infamous £50 upwards to change a lightbulb in a hospital as happened in the UK.

    'Back-ending' a tender for a public contract is notorious.
    Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.

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    This years report is out. Lots of potential for political pork if one was to know the system and its built in flaws

    Expenditure on rent supplement in 2013
    amounted to €373 million
    and at the end of
    2013, there were some 80,000 recipients.
    10.25
    A random sample of 1,000 cases in payment in March 2013 was selected for review as
    part of the fraud and error survey. The survey took 16 months to complete.
    10.26
    Claims with commencement dates
    in
    2013 were excluded from the survey as these
    were considered to have been recently assessed. The Department has since decided,
    following a review of its sampling procedures, that recently awarded cases will not be
    excluded from future surveys.
    10.27
    The gross rate of fraud and error identified by the survey was 6% of expenditure. When
    account is taken of cases successfully appealed or transferred to other social welfare
    schemes, the net rate of fraud and error is 5%. The estimate of excess payment for the
    UK housing benefit scheme, which is similar to rent supplement, is 5.8%.
    1
    The UK
    report also identified underpayments to claimants amounting to 1.6% of the entitlement
    due.
    10.28
    The
    Department estimated that the weekly gross amount of fraud and error under the
    rent supplement scheme was almost €390,000
    Widows
    '/
    widowers
    '/
    surviving civil partners' contributory pension is a weekly payment to
    the husband, wife or civil partner of a deceased person. It is based on the social
    insurance record (PRSI) of either the claimant or their late spouse or civil partner. In
    order to qualify, a person must not be cohabiting.
    10.34
    Allowances may also be payable for living alone, fuel and where the claimant is over 80.
    These increases have additional qualifying conditions which must be satisfied.
    10.35
    At the end of 2013, there were 117,000 recipients and total expenditure in 2013 was

    1.
    3 billion.
    10.36
    A random sample of 1,000 claims in payment in August 2013 was selected for review as
    part of the fraud and error survey. The survey results are based on 947 cases as
    reviews of 39 cases were not concluded in time for inclusion in the survey results and
    14 cases were deceased. The survey was completed in just under one year.
    10.37
    Irish resident claims were reviewed by social welfare inspectors while claimants living
    outside the State were asked to complete a certificate confirming their continuing
    el
    igibility for the scheme.
    129
    Regularity of Social Welfare Payments
    10.38
    The gross rate of fraud and error identified was
    0.
    8% of expenditure. The net rate, after
    taking account of cases successfully appealed or transferred to other social welfare
    schemes is 0.7%.
    10.39
    The Department estimated the gross amount of fraud and error in the scheme at almost
    €190,000 per week
    http://www.audgen.gov.ie/documents/a...Report2013.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    This years report is out. Lots of potential for political pork if one was to know the system and its built in flaws

    http://www.audgen.gov.ie/documents/a...Report2013.pdf
    "Fraud and error" cleverly wrapped into the one.

    I heard at the end of the RTE item on this something to do with HSE procurement practices - was it 30%! of them non compliant ?
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    Farmers too of course


    Five farmers were overpaid by an average of €116,000 each in farming social welfare benefits last year, according to the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report.
    A total of €2.9 million in overpayments were made in 2013 through the farm assist scheme, which supports low-income farmers.

    In one incident, a farmer in the Ballina, Co Mayo area whose case had not been reviewed for a decade, had been overpaid by €56,000 over a period of six years. The farmer repaid the full amount in a single payment.
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    I wonder who profited from all thus

    Councils spent €37m on sites for social and affordable housing that were later deemed to be "unsuitable for residential development" by a state agency established to help local authorities deal with the fallout from the economic downturn.

    Some of the 25 sites in question were found to be in areas that were not zoned for residential development, while others were land-locked or had an illegal halting site or building on the land.

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