Archives for December 15th, 1998

MODIFY MODIFICATIONS PRACTICE, MOD TOLD

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 December, 1998

The National Audit Office has recommended that the Ministry of Defence tighten up its systems for spending money when modifying equipment already in service.In one of its regular reports on public spending, it reports lack of control over the scope of spending, lack of clear responsibility for management of such projects, and lack of information systems capable of creating an overview of such costs.

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IT’S NOT SECRECY – IT’S AN EXCUSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 December, 1998

Government departments are creating an unnecessary impression of secrecy by refusing too often to respond to requests for information.Too often, according to the Parliamentary Ombudsman Michael Buckley, departments say the information is exempt under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. In one case he has examined, the information had simply been lost. In another, department officials said information would take too long to find, when an investigation found the request was straightforward to respond to.

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