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An inexcusable slip-up in Government ministries exposed by Commissioner of Public Services

BY BEN BILUA

THE Commissioner of Public Service says accurate reporting is lacking in most public service offices.

Speaking during the Permanent Secretary’s conference yesterday, Mr Allan Arafoa said some officers with leading roles in various Government ministries have failed to make accurate reporting, especially when it comes to staff increments.

He told government officials that some reports his office receives are confusing in the sense that they lack clarification and indication of subjects required.

“One issues I observed as the Commissioner of Public Service is that most reporting are 100 percent without indication of what makes the report’s subject 100 percent.

“That is an issue that I normally came across when going through reports from government ministries,” Mr Arafoa said.

He adds that consistent reporting of staff increment has been very weak over 30 years within public service offices.

On the other hand, Mr Arafoa said a few staff reports have been written with honesty, demonstrating clear understanding and allowing the commission to decide time-frames for junior servants’ promotion.

He said the Commission of Public Service welcomes and also congratulates people who always make honest report to the commission.

“We welcome and at the same time congratulate this honesty and on behalf of the commission I’d like to encourage this practice,” Mr Arafoa said.

He explained that honest reporting of public servant junior staffs contributes to positive decision making with fair outcomes.

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