Saturday 22 February, 2020

Civil servants get up to speed as Government rolls out anti-fraud policy

An education campaign for civil servants is currently underway as the Cayman Islands Government rolls out its new anti-fraud policy.

Premier Alden McLaughlin explained that the policy, which covers the prevention, detection, and remediation of fraud, corruption and dishonesty, began its rollout in April and is to be followed by a public awareness campaign.

“Civil servants and officers at every level and in every department have a responsibility to speak up when they believe they have knowledge or suspect fraud or corruption is being committed, so appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner,” said Deputy Governor and Head of Civil Service, Franz Manderson.          

Manderson further noted that he wanted to create and maintain a culture of honesty and high ethics, including the understanding and awareness of risks and controls.

“We want to mitigate the risks and reduce the opportunities for fraud, as well as provide a platform for civil servants and members of the public to report an incident they feel is wrong,” added Manderson.

The Anti-Fraud Policy integrates existing laws such as the Public Service Management Law (2013 revision) and the Public Management and Finance Law (2013 revision).

Other policies that will be implemented under the new Anti-Fraud Policy include the Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, Official Whistle-Blower Policy, Records and Information Management Policy and the Offering or Receiving Hospitality, Entertainment or Gifts Policy.

The Code of Business Ethics and Conduct Policy is a general guide to acceptable and appropriate behavior in the workplace.

The Records Retention Policy establishes a governance framework around records retention, and defines how and when documents should be disposed of.

The Whistle-Blower Policy will be the platform used to report any incidents or claims directly to a hotline or website anonymously.

 

“Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of good governance and at the heart of what we do,” Minister of Finance Marco Archer stated.

 

“We are implementing these new policies to make clear that the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse of public resources and one’s office is unacceptable,”he added.

 

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