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Audit Office Report on Public Service Agreements show failings- Maskey

11 February, 2009

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA and Chair Person of the Public Accounts Committee Paul Maskey has welcomed the report from the Audit Office on Public Service Agreements (PSAs) - Measuring Performance.

Mr Maskey stated:

"There are a number of key findings in this report such as the data systems supporting the findings of the PSAs are not being properly documented. There are instances where in-house experts and statisticians were not used. These experts could have advised on the specification and operation of the data systems. They did not and so some of the data systems were not fit for purpose and did not fully measure what they were reporting.

Other findings that are highlighted include information from external providers not being quality assured and some of the data systems are not providing regular or timely data.

Paul Maskey went on to say:

"I am looking forward to this report coming before the PAC. I am sure that members of the committee will have many questions that they would like answered. Questions such as, why in many cases, the data systems in departments are incapable of confirming/measuring the delivery of their PSA targets?"

"The reason for the existence of PSAs is to enhance accountability and transparency to the Tax Payer, but this report is suggesting the opposite is happening in many occasions." CRIOCH

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