DG lauds CS communication in truncated minutes

| 13/03/2014

(CNS): The shrinking record of the deputy governor’s meetings with civil service heads which are being released to the public by his office this week reached their smallest to date. The minutes fromthe 3 March meeting gave very little away and in an ironic lack of communication with the public, Franz Manderson thanked the chief officers for their efforts towards improving communication in the civil service, saying he had “received positive feedback from civil servants in various departments". The minutes reveal that the COs spoke about the draft disability policy and heard updates on ongoing government projects, including e-government, the rationalization of the civil service, a strategic plan for the civil service and the development of a public authorities bill.

The minutes also state that a meeting was held on the 30 January with the Heads of Departments and it was well attended.

See released minutes below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It would  be nice if the news could post the current board members and what boards they sit on for easy access.

    That would make bringing a matter to their attention easier.

    or getting a favor would not have to involve so many people.

    Please include there BBM  email  phone # next of kin and where they really work at.




  2. Anonymous says:

    Yet more disappointing performance from Franz, the civil service union's best friend.

  3. Anonymous says:

    DG do not not be dettered by the negative posters- if the minutes were 10 pages they would complain that there is too much information to read.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Franz, these minutes are pathetic. Produce decent minutes or don't bother

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm not surprised. I figured this was all a PR stunt from the beginning.

  6. Anonymous says:

    typical civil service……

    • Anonymous says:

      And here is the news:

      "Today there will be no news, or at least none that will make any sense. The real news happens behind closed doors in secret where you, the moron voters, will never know what is going on. Except that you do know because it is so damn blatantly obvious what we are up to. However as long as the police, judiciary and CIG and CS all continue to be corrupt there is not a damn thing you can do about it, short of a revolution, but seeing as no two Caymanians can agree on one thing, no chance of that happening soon."

  7. Knot S Smart says:


    I guess there is really not much to say…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Who leaked the fact that the minutes are short? Here's the plan:

     – Find them,

     – sack them,

     – make sure that they and all their family pay double duty for imports after holding the imports for at least 6 months or more

     –  destroy the damn whistle so noone else in the department can use it.


    Problem solved.

  9. Anonymous says:

    At first when the minutes came out it seemed like Government was really about open and transparency, but when you read the minutes being circulated today there is no real information in there. The minutes have become so watered down and seems to just be consistent in providing the document rather than providing civil servants and the public with real information. When the DG can provide minutes of the chief officers meeting and actually disclose useful information, then I will agree that communication has improved. 

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is taking the piss to another level. The untouchables are having a laugh!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This sort of truncated information is one of the "benefits" of FOI. Like not taking notes at interviews so they cannot be "FOIed".

    • Anonymous says:

      This happens on a regular basis. Notes are not taken or issues are not raised at "official" meetings in order that what is discussed does not have to be minutedand therefore does not have to be disclosed via FOI. This also covers emails. Items are not listed in emails or put in writing anywhere in order that there is no 'record' to disclose – so this effectively gets around the FOI law.  

    • Anonymous says:

      The reality is that two sets of minutes are written – the real ones and the ones that get filed and trotted out when the FOI request comes in