Govt reforms to cut waste: Lupari

THE Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari, has issued an instruction to Departmental Heads to create uniformity in government human resource and payroll management systems.

He said the reforms are part of a wide range of measures that are removing waste, increasing transparency and ensuring government systems are able to best serve the interests of the nation.

He gave the directive in a Circular Instruction to all the Departmental Heads, and Heads of Statutory Bodies and Authorities.

“In the past, a significant amount of funds were wasted with different departments trying to have their own and separate HR and payroll system,” he said.

“The financial loss was exacerbated by each of these different departments and agencies buying separate IT software licenses, instead of the State being able to take advantage of economies of scale and purchase a central licence.

“This has been happening for many years, as result millions of kina has been wasted or spend.

“Following direction from the Prime Minister, the government has addressed this legacy issue, and will now save the State millions of Kina that can be better spent on schools, hospitals and other essential services.

“This Instruction will ensure control over the types of systems used will have uniformity and adaptability to the Government information systems.

“We are moving forward with reforms to Government systems that increase transparency and reduces the risk of the misuse of funding. “These new measures will further replace systems that were not properly appropriated and the Central Supply and Tenders Board has been asked to review prior procurements.”

Amb Lupari said ongoing administrative reform in government is essential as the economy grows and services are expanded around the nation.

“We cannot continue with outdated and inefficient administration systems, and we will continue to deliver reform across all areas of Government,” he said.

Following the directive, no public or statutory body will procure any HR, payroll or financial system, or related software licenses that have not been certified for use by the Department of Finance. The Circular Instruction is effective as of Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

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