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Accountant General’s Department moving to Oceana Building

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:47 AM
The Oceana Hotel building in downtown Kingston.

The Accountant General’s Department (AGD) is to be relocated to the Oceana Building in downtown Kingston by the end of April.

Accountant General, Carlene Murdock, reportedly made the disclosure at a recent JIS Think Tank.

Earlier this month, The Gleaner reported that the AGD had so far racked up a bill of almost $76 million to lease the ground floor of the old Oceana Hotel building, which it is yet to occupy.

The information was contained in a special report by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis into the lease of the ground floor of the property, which the Government sold for $385 million before agreeing to rent the space.

The Government then spent some $400 million to renovate the area to be occupied by the AGD.

Murdock says a unit of the AGD has already been relocated to a completed section at the Oceana Building, while work continues to get the other areas ready to accommodate the Department.

She says the systems and services are being tested to ensure there will be no hiccups when the AGD completes its move.

Murdock also says the changes have not affected services to pensioners or other clients.