MLSS – $172.12 Million Unspent but Unaccounted for

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Auditor General's Findings

The Auditor General in the Department’s F/Y 2018/2019 Annual Report found that the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) did not surrender monies unspent by the Project to the Consolidated Fund, as required by law. In a previous audit report, PATH was advised that at the end of all projects, the unspent cash balance should be remitted to the Consolidated Fund. However, we observed that as at December 2019, $172.12 million that was unspent on the Social Protection Project II (SPP II), which ended March 2018 remained in the GoJ Administrative Account.

Where monies are left in bank account after the closure of projects, the Ministry is exposed to unauthorized expenditure, which may by-pass established budgetary and commitment control process. PATH subsequently advised that the amount of $172.12 million represents stale dated cheques but did not provide evidence, nor an updated bank reconciliation statement to support this claim, despite requests.

Permanent Secretary (current): Colette Roberts-Risden

Permanent Secretary (at breach): Colette Roberts-Risden

Breach Category: Resource Management

Breach Type: Unreconciled Bank Accounts

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Status: Non-Compliance

Year Reported: 2019

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JAMP’s request for an update was acknowledged March 12, 2020
No response has been provided by the Ministry to date.

Permanent Secretary Colette Roberts-Risden 876-922-8000
Hon. Lester Michael Henry MP 14 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, Jamaica (876) 922-9500 View profile in MP Tracker

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