Panel adopts final ac­count of PACC for fis­cal yr 2016-2017

Bonuses paid with­out re­gard to rules

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, June 14: The Bud­get and Final Ac­counts Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Assem­bly has adopted the draft law of the final ac­count of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion PACC for fis­cal 2016-2017 and a draft law link­ing the bud­get of the Au­thor­ity for the fi­nan­cial year 2018-2019 to the Fi­nan­cial Su­per­vi­sory Au­thor­ity, re­ports Al-Qabas daily.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the final ac­count 2016-2017 of the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion showed the ex­pen­di­tures were 10.8 mil­lion di­nars com­pared to about 43 thou­sand di­nars rev­enues and that the ex­penses of the bud­get for 20182019 is es­ti­mated at 8.5 mil­lion di­nars com­pared to rev­enues of 35 thou­sand di­nars.

The Min­istry of Fi­nance cov­ers the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Com­mis­sion’s ex­pen­di­ture and its rev­enues, which is known as gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The Board of Au­di­tors has made 8 com­ments on the Com­mis­sion re­port. The Com­mis­sion then took ac­tion to set­tle the ob­ser­va­tions recorded in ac­cor­dance with the re­port of the Au­dit Bureau sent in this re­gard — the num­ber of ob­ser­va­tions made 8, set­tled three, par­tially set­tled one, and pend­ing one.

As for the in­ter­nal con­trol sys­tems and their ef­fec­tive­ness, the re­port con­firmed that the Of­fice of In­spec­tion and Au­dit has been es­tab­lished in the or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture. How­ever, it is in­ef­fec­tive for not com­plet­ing the posts in the of­fice and not sub­mit­ting re­ports.

The Fi­nan­cial Su­per­vi­sory Au­thor­ity said the vol­ume of trans­ac­tions in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the final ac­count was more than 200 trans­ac­tions, the au­thor­ity recorded 5 fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and 4 cases of ab­sten­tion was passed by the head of the Au­thor­ity.

The non-load­ing of each fis­cal year in re­spect of the ex­penses of the most prom­i­nent fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, fo­cused on the omis­sions on grant­ing bonuses, in­cen­tives, al­lowances, mon­e­tary and in-kind ben­e­fits in con­tra­ven­tion of the con­trols of the or­ga­ni­za­tion or with­out ob­tain­ing prior ap­proval of the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties.

The ob­ser­va­tions were as fol­lows: Vi­o­la­tion of the de­ci­sion of the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion on the salary scale of the se­nior, su­per­vi­sory and ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions, in ad­di­tion to ben­e­fits, al­lowances and bonuses for the staff of the Com­mis­sion.

The Au­dit Bureau ob­served that the Anti Cor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity paid some bonuses with­out the adop­tion of rules and reg­u­la­tions to be reg­u­lated by the Board of Trustees or the state­ment of el­i­gi­bil­ity of em­ploy­ees.

The fi­nan­cial im­pact of 678,000 di­nars, 64% of the to­tal ap­proved from the bud­get for the fis­cal year ended 2017/2016, where the Au­thor­ity is sup­posed to es­tab­lish the rules and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the dis­burse­ment of the es­ti­mated amounts in the bud­get for the new fi­nan­cial year 2019/2018, amount­ing to 728,000 di­nars and ver­ify the en­ti­tle­ments of staff mem­bers.

Sec­ond, re­con­sid­er­ing the ra­tios of ad­mis­sion cri­te­ria in the re­cruit­ment of the com­mis­sion, the com­mit­tee con­tin­ues to em­pha­size its pre­vi­ous find­ings in its re­ports that ad­mis­sion and re­cruit­ment cri­te­ria are based on mea­sur­able ob­jec­tive cri­te­ria and that the pro­por­tion of the in­ter­view within 10 per­cent is sim­i­lar to that of other gov­ern­ment agen­cies with high de­mand for job seek­ers achiev­ing the prin­ci­ple of equal op­por­tu­nity.

In case of fail­ure to com­ply with the law of its es­tab­lish­ment, the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion de­layed in ap­prov­ing the ex­ec­u­tive reg­u­la­tions in vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 57 of its es­tab­lish­ment law.

The ar­ti­cle states that the ex­ec­u­tive reg­u­la­tions shall be is­sued within two months of is­suance of the law. The reg­u­la­tion was is­sued af­ter 9 months, ac­cord­ing to the re­port of the Au­dit Bureau. The ac­tiv­i­ties of the mem­bers of the Board of Trustees of the Com­mis­sion and its em­ploy­ees, as stated in Ar­ti­cle 17 of the Law es­tab­lish­ing the Au­thor­ity.

At the end of its re­port, the Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that it should co­or­di­nate with the Min­istry of Fi­nance and rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to re­view the re­mu­ner­a­tion of the mem­bers of the Board of Trustees of the Com­mis­sion both dur­ing their term of of­fice and af­ter their term of of­fice in line with the gen­eral ori­en­ta­tion of the State in ra­tio­nal­iz­ing the ex­penses of the lead­ers.

This is in ad­di­tion to ac­ti­vat­ing the Of­fice of In­spec­tion and Au­dit in full be­cause of its im­pact in re­duc­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tive, fi­nan­cial and ac­count­ing ob­ser­va­tions that may be the or­ga­ni­za­tional units dur­ing the work and re­me­di­a­tion be­fore the oc­cur­rence, and filled with the ap­pro­pri­ate and qual­i­fied ca­reer staff, and strengthen the in­ter­nal reg­u­la­tions in co­or­di­na­tion with the reg­u­la­tory bod­ies to en­sure the safety of op­er­a­tions, fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive au­dits in the fu­ture.

Also the rules and reg­u­la­tions reg­u­lat­ing the pay­ment of bonuses in the Au­thor­ity should be ap­proved by the Board of Trustees and the ob­jec­tive of the em­ploy­ees’ en­ti­tle­ment to them.

Another item is the need to re­con­sider the is­sue of the dis­tri­bu­tion of the cri­te­ria for ad­mis­sion to em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially the el­e­ment of “per­sonal in­ter­view” to be within the limit of 10 per­cent of the to­tal ac­cep­tance rate to achieve the prin­ci­ple of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween ap­pli­cants.

Fi­nally, the ne­ces­sity of the Com­mis­sion’s com­mit­ment to the pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 17 of the law of its es­tab­lish­ment, which pro­vides for the is­suance of a reg­u­la­tion gov­ern­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the mem­bers of the Board of Trustees of the Com­mis­sion and its cur­rent and for­mer em­ploy­ees.

Sun­set as seen from Ma­rina Cres­cent-Rabih Ajib — (KUNA)

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