Performance Audit Report – Engagement of Consultants, Advisors and Assistants at Ministry of Finance and Public Service, Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
I have the honour to submit the results of a performance audit on the engagement of consultants, advisors and assistants at the Ministry of Finance and Public Service (MoFPS), Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI), for tabling in the House of Representatives.
The overall responsibilities of MoFPS include developing the Government’s fiscal and economic policy framework, and collecting and allocating public revenues. OPM’s mandate is to support the Prime Minister in meeting constitutional responsibilities to provide quality leadership, strategic direction and control for an efficient, effective and economical government. MoEYI is responsible for the management and administration of public education in Jamaica. To support the Ministries in achieving their mandate, consultants, advisors and assistants are often engaged on a short-term basis in critical areas where existing staff do not possess the necessary expertise.
We conducted a performance audit covering the period April 2010 to August 2016 to determine whether value for money was obtained from the use of consultants, advisors and assistants to Ministers; and whether procurement of consultancy services were in keeping with the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) guidelines.