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Corruption in the public service

By johnboy - 4 October 2011 44

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The SMH has an excellent article on the scope of corruption in the Public Service and the lack of mechanisms to properly investigate it.

RiotACT has long lamented the lack of a dedicated corruption fighting body in the ACT and it seems the less savoury types have also noticed.

The SMH is looking for more stories and we’re sure some of you have got them. Just tell them we sent you:

investigations@smh.com.au

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Classified 1:40 pm 20 Oct 11

akinky said :

if i was looking for dirt, i would start with some of the big IT contracts. Several departments are suffering from excruciating IT systems where the contracted provider (say, IBM, just to be random) is obviously failing to meet obligations under whatever service agreemet they signed. How often under this scenario has the contract just been renewed anyway? Its as if IT has this magical untouchable halo.

As someone who once had a friend who worked for a company like the one mentioned, you might want to consider how it is that contracts are negotiated in government. Companies (yes, plural) such as this one, when confronted with rigorous service levels and a customer who is unwilling to negotiate will typically price in the cost of service credits for failing to meet all service levels, so that way when it happens they aren’t too far in the hole.

akinky 11:19 am 20 Oct 11

if i was looking for dirt, i would start with some of the big IT contracts. Several departments are suffering from excruciating IT systems where the contracted provider (say, IBM, just to be random) is obviously failing to meet obligations under whatever service agreemet they signed. How often under this scenario has the contract just been renewed anyway? Its as if IT has this magical untouchable halo.

as for misconduct, how many public servants are reading riot act during work hours today? +1?

The Frots 10:07 am 20 Oct 11

BethiePrice said :

To continue on…if anyone is watching Senate Estimates, Senator Mason just asked the Secretary of DEEWR to give him information on employers who are being investigated for fraud…tip off or searching for a negative in a mountain of positive?

Hopefully a tip off!

It’s a real shame that they don’t ask one particular agency about a particular SES officer and how many allegations of corruption, bias and poor managment (including Codes of Conduct) have been made against this officer. That will start some wheels turning!

BethiePrice 9:41 am 20 Oct 11

To continue on…if anyone is watching Senate Estimates, Senator Mason just asked the Secretary of DEEWR to give him information on employers who are being investigated for fraud…tip off or searching for a negative in a mountain of positive?

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