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Missing link of AGD draft report

Published:Monday | December 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I am somewhat puzzled by the recent swirl of events related to the auditor general's report and the reactions to it by some of the government bodies referred to in the report.

My understanding is that when the Auditor General's Department (AGD) examines the accounts and workings of a government body in question, it then sends the draft report to that body and invites comments. It is then that the body can give explanations to show that the draft report is lacking, or did not consider certain issues, or is otherwise misconceived.

If that opportunity is not taken, the draft report goes as is to Parliament, and then into the public domain.

The question then arises: Was the opportunity given or taken to enable the government body to comment? If not, why not? If not, why does the body then seek to castigate the AGD or otherwise rubbish the report?

I would welcome some guidance on what is going on in this area.