Civil Service discusses new plan for reform

| 03/01/2012

PIE EBush    05 (235x300).jpg(CNS): Officials from the Deputy Governor’s Office and the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs (PIE) have begun work on a new strategic plan aimed at improving personnel, productivity and efficiency, good governance, rehabilitation of offenders, public safety, and customer service, throughout the public sector. Facing a number of challenges and changes in the coming years, including the growth of government with the introduction of two new ministries and three extra MLAs at the next election, the future plan should be finalised and presented to Cabinet by the first quarter of 2012 before being made public. Senior staff began shaping the plan on a two day retreat last month.

“We conducted this retreat in an effort to identify and address the common issues facing our Portfolio and our departments, and to identify synergies and increase communication,” said PIE’s Chief Officer Franz Manderson.
He explained that, from the plans prepared by each department, similar challenges such as budget processes and managing human resources were identified allowing a collaborative approach on finding optimum solutions. “Focussing on the key priorities will help ensure the most effective use of available resources,” he said.

Over the coming weeks public servants will revise and fine-tune these plans before submitting a comprehensive document to the Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks for his consideration and approval. 

During the two day working session Deputy Chief Officer Eric Bush said the civil servants first determined the current situation in their respective agencies, shared these in presentations and then identified and debated their five-year goals. The end result was a collective outline plan for meeting current objectives and future challenges.

 

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  1. Jah live says:

    What a bunch of rubbish or should i say rubbage because this talk of reform is worst than garbage. Only the sweet talk of hypocites Bob was right!

  2. The Spin Cycle says:

    an effort to identify and address the common issues facing our Portfolio and our departments, and to identify synergies and increase communication,” said PIE’s Chief Officer Franz Manderson.
    He explained that, from the plans prepared by each department, similar challenges such as budget processes and managing human resources were identified allowing a collaborative approach on finding optimum solutions. “Focussing on the key priorities will help ensure the most effective use of available resources,” he said.

    Over the coming weeks public servants will revise and fine-tune these plans before submitting a comprehensive document to the Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks for his consideration and approval. 

    During the two day working session Deputy Chief Officer Eric Bush said the civil servants first determined the current situation in their respective agencies, shared these in presentations and then identified and debated their five-year goals. The end result was a collective outline plan for meeting current objectives and future challenges.

    WTF  I had to read this twice.  Indentify synergies??? Identifying budget processes? Finding optimum solutions? Focussing??  Fine-tuning???  Submitting a comprehensive document????  For consideration??? Determining the current situation??  Identifying five year goals????  Collective outline plan????

    If there were a prize for saying something without saying anything these guys would win the prize.  What a bunch of Newspeak gobbledeegook The Shaw -Miller Report was more concise:

    There are too many of you! Doing too little!

    In a self-perpetuating, over-staffed, overly costly, burdensome and inefficient civil service.

    And we can't afford it.  Is that clear enough?

  3. Just Askin' says:

    Is the ridiculous looking goatee a requirement for all Deputy Chief Officers?

     

  4. Dreadlock Holmes says:

    If the Civil Service is serious in reforming their workings I suggest they read The Peter Principle.

    A marvelous book describing how and why a bureaucracy becomes overburdened with un-productive individuals who can not be and are never fired.  After reaching their specific level of incompetence they are promoted or moved sideways within the bureaucracy.

     

    • Wrong Peter says:

      Er, wrong Peter mate.  If the civil service is serious about reform, they need to focus on a different Peter…and have a book burning for anything he has penned.

    • Anonymous says:

      So why cant people who don't produce ever be fired by their boss?

       

      1. They go the same church and believe in the same religion. Would be hard to look someone in the eye each Sunday that you know you got fired. You would have to explain the story of Job every-time you met…and that scam story only works 1-2 times.

      2. Nepotism, how do you explain to your 3rd cousin's twice removed uncle at a reunion that his "pull my finger" routine didn't fly at a business meeting. So instead, lets just buy him a corner office with minimal exposure to the outside world. 

      3. Hard to fire a somebody whos paycheck pays for a family, even with their excessive bills for their large house, 2-SUVs, their condo in Miami, private schooling. multiple vacations…much easier to find a single person and fire them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is not the kind of reform that Cayman needs.

    It is nothing but another case of a bureaucracy looking after itself.
    They do this by creating or finding problems or threats, real or not, then using them
    to demand more members to 'work' on those problems.

    Think of a bureaucracy as a cancer growing on your body.

    Cayman already as a ridiculously huge and expensive government.
    How can adding more to it solve any problems?

    Its far more likely to make more.

    • Anonymus says:

      Don't blame them. Blame 'the people' who keep creating/expecting mroe Govt. services. Like two more ministries. If you want the job done, someone has to do the job.

  6. Blacka says:

    The Palestinian & Israel conflict will get resolved before that takes place. Reform my A$$ this old boy network will never reform itself out of existence Come on people get real eh!

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of bs. Everytime elections draw near they come up with some crap to spend more money. Why in the blue blazes do we need 2 more ministries? The ones we have now are fighting to function properly as it is. This would mean more staff to run them more money. And 3 more MLAs. Jeezum peace. Another quarter million to $350000 to pay them and who are they representing? Talking about quarters, Mac and his cronies/peons should all be drawn, quartered, tarred, feathered and beaten with a cat o nine tails. After all this good stuff they can be taken to Heroes Square and laid between the stone monuiments where true leaders names are written. I have a headache just thinking about McKeevaland and his Dartians and Ryans. Ouch nuff said. Mutiny next

  8. Anonymous says:

    So why is there a separate retreat, when the others had to go to Cayman Brac in early September to do theirs? So is the right hand now doing what the left hand has always been doing?

    • Anonymous says:

      Very astute observation my friend.  Please note this is the portfolio that sets the rules for everyonelse with regards to Civil Service procedures but then breaks them- pay raises, excessive hiring….2011 was a banner year for them.

      That's why they don't go with the others to a retreat.  They have their own agenda.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think we all know what their right hand is doing…….

  9. Anonymous says:

    One reform that should be considered is for the government to hire expats through the work permit system. The government expats would then be subject to roll over.

     

    This would level the expat playing field between the public and private sectors.

     

    What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

  10. Uncivil Servant says:

    The Civil Service is a sinking ship. My two new years resolutions this year are to get the hell out of the Civil Service before its too late, and to quit reading CNS. I’ve broken one already admittedly, but give it time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    hahaha…. what a load of waffle……. just read the miller shaw report you clowns!

  12. Anonymus says:

    Is this plan "throughout the public sector" or 'throughout the two portfolios involved in the retreat' as reported elsewhere?

    • Commuter says:

      Come on now – each portfolio needs some time off its hard work to examine its navel and ruminate on the meaning of life in the Civil Service.  Be fair – they need to recuperate after the holidays.  

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hhhmmmm. I wonder what the outcome of all of this will be.

    NOT!