PIOJ – US$6.8 Million Project at Risk, Experiencing Delays

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Auditor General's Findings

The objective of the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project (ICDIMP) is to improve the quality and use of climate data for effective planning and action at the local and national levels. The project is funded by a grant of US$6.8 million from the World Bank and is estimated to last for approximately five years from October 2, 2015. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is the executing entity but it collaborates with other government agencies to implement the various project components.

The Auditor General’s review of the accounting records and financial transactions of the ICDIMP for the financial year ended March 31, 2019  – as published in the AuGD’s 2018/2019 Annual Report – revealed that the Project did not achieve 60% of the planned targets for the period. Of the twenty targets for the period only eight were achieved, eight were work in progress and four did not start. Management indicated that the project’s activities were impacted by staff turnover at the Implementation Partners as well as delays by some consultants in providing the necessary documentation.

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Permanent Secretary (current): Darlene Morrison

Breach Category: Project Management

Permanent Secretary (at breach):

Breach Type: Inadequate Project Monitoring

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