Pub­lic-sec­tor of­fi­cers get ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion train­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

IN AN ef­fort to build the ca­pac­ity of pub­lic-sec­tor of­fi­cers to re­spond to re­quests for in­for­ma­tion made pur­suant to the Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act (2002), the Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion (ATI) Unit in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter re­cently trained some 33 ATI re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cers from govern­ment min­istries, depart­ments and agen­cies. Another batch will un­dergo train­ing later this year.

The Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act gives mem­bers of the pub­lic the right to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion held by pub­lic au­thor­i­ties. There are some 85 of­fi­cers de­ployed through­out the pub­lic sec­tor charged with ad­min­is­ter­ing re­quests made un­der the ATI Act.

Shereika Hem­mingsAl­li­son, se­nior le­gal of­fi­cer in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter with in­terim over­sight re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ATI Unit, notes, “The ATI re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cers are at the fore­front of ser­vice de­liv­ery as it re­lates to the ATI Act. As a re­sult, it is im­por­tant that the unit, in keep­ing with its man­date, un­der­takes train­ing to deepen the of­fi­cers’ knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the Act and to en­hance cus­tomer ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

She said that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ATI of­fi­cers through­out the sec­tor worked tire­lessly to meet the in­for­ma­tion re­quests that come into the govern­ment min­istries, depart­ments and agen­cies on a daily ba­sis. It is ac­knowl­edged, how­ever, that there have been con­cerns raised by the pub­lic re­gard­ing in­stances of ex­ten­sive de­lays in meet­ing re­quests as well as other is­sues.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the train­ing, prin­ci­pal direc­tor in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, So­nia Hy­man, urged the of­fi­cers to take ad­van­tage of the train­ing, as it pro­vides strate­gic in­sights and prac­ti­cal think­ing which will equip them, the prac­ti­tion­ers, with the skills and com­pe­ten­cies to carry out their pro­fes­sional and reg­u­la­tory obli­ga­tions.

Hy­man re­minded the of­fi­cers that the Govern­ment of Ja­maica has em­barked on a five-year records and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment pro­gramme, which will also help to en­hance their work.

She added that the draft Govern­ment of Ja­maica Records and In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Pol­icy has been de­vel­oped and will be sub­mit­ted to Cab­i­net shortly.

“The ex­pected out­come is stan­dar­d­is­ing the man­age­ment of of­fi­cial data and in­for­ma­tion as a plat­form for in­creased data-shar­ing and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for ser­vice de­liv­ery and pol­icy-mak­ing in all min­istries,” Hy­man ex­plained.

Ta­mara Crooks, ATI re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cer at the Na­tional Water Com­mis­sion, and Wendy Dun­can, le­gal of­fi­cer at the Fair Trad­ing Com­mis­sion, both, said the train­ing was in­for­ma­tive, rel­e­vant and ef­fec­tive.

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