The Auditor General’s 2019 Annual report (which covers the 2018/19 Financial Year) revealed accounting discrepancies for the Ministry of Transport’s Appropriations-in-Aid.
Despite requests, the Ministry did not provide the Auditor General with the relevant documents required for review.
Permanent Secretary (current): Alwin Hales
Permanent Secretary (at breach): Alwin Hales
Breach Category: Resource Management
Breach Type: Untimely Preparation of Appropriation Accounts
Year Reported: 2019
Last Assessed: July 7, 2020
May 27, 2020 JAMP received documentation to substantiate that the Ministry of Finance indicated in a March 6, 2018 letter “that the expenditure submitted in the Appropriation Accounts by the Ministry of Transport and Mining will be included in the Final Supplementary Estimates for FY 2015/16.” However, MOF letter dated Oct 8, 2018 addressed to PS Hales indicated that “MOF cannot give retroactive approval for virement.”
See link to MOF letter below
July 7,2020 JAMP received correspondence from Ministry of Transport & Mining advising that “the Auditor General’s Dept is now in receipt of evidence of Appropriations-In-Aid expenditure incurred by the Caribbean Maritime Institute amounting to $201.2 Million.”
See link to MTM letter below
Auditor Generals’ Response: Checks with the Auditor General’s Department reveals that “the specific matter remains outstanding. The Ministry submitted a summary of how the funds were allocated/classified by the CMI, however, the supporting documents in relation to the $201.2 million have not been presented.”
JAMP awaits further responses from the Ministry.
No Calls To Action are currently associated with this breach.