Special Reports - Value for Money

Value for Money Reports record the results of examinations into (a) the economy and efficiency with which State bodies acquire, use and dispose of resources (b) the systems, procedures and practices employed by State bodies for evaluation the effectiveness of their operations
  • Special Report 87 Effectiveness of Audit Committees in State Bodies Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 21 October 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the effectiveness of audit committees in State bodies. The report examines the operation of audit committees in a sample of non-commercial State bodies and assesses the level of their compliance with guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The report also compares the current requirements for State bodies in Ireland with good practice principles, and considers the extent to which good practice is being applied in the selected State bodies

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  • Special Report 86 Development of Limerick Greyhound Stadium Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 30 October 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Bord na gCon's development of Limerick greyhound racing stadium. The report examines the acquisition of land for the project and the construction of the new stadium. It also examines Bord na gCon's compliance with its governance procedures and with those developed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the appraisal and management of capital projects. In addition, it examines the business case for the project and reviews the results of the project to date

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  • Special Report No. 85 Accountability and Governance at the National College of Art and Design Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 04 December 2014

    Special Report No. 85 Accountability and Governance at the National College of Art and Design The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of accounting and governance at the National College of Art and Design. The report examines timeliness in the preparation of financial statements, procurement practices, assessment of the adequacy of its statement on internal control and the role undertaken by its audit committee. The report also reviews the oversight exercised by the Higher Education Authority in respect of the National College of Art and Design.

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  • Special Report 84 Transhipment of Waste Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 05 November 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the implementation and enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation in Ireland. The report sets out the administrative arrangements in Ireland in respect of waste transhipment and examines the enforcement regime aimed at detecting infringements and penalising offenders. The report also reviews the financial consequences of waste which originated in Ireland being illegally dumped in Northern Ireland.

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  • Special Report 83 Managing Elective Day Surgery Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 19 August 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the management of elective day surgery by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The report examines day surgery rates, in the context of targets set by the HSE, and the trends in day surgery activity since 2006. The report also reviews current practices in Irish hospitals in respect of day surgery in order to identify opportunities for improvement, to establish the current level of performance monitoring and to identify the barriers to increasing day surgery rates.

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  • Special Report 82 Financial Management and Reporting for Fishery Harbour Centres Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 08 July 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the financial management and reporting for fishery harbour centres. The examination reviews matters encountered during financial audit, including, delays in the preparation of the annual accounts and billing of income, debt collection and safeguarding of assets.

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  • Special Report 82. Financial Management and Reporting for Fishery Harbour Centres Report Summary Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 08 July 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the financial management and reporting for fishery harbour centres. The examination reviews matters encountered during financial audit, including, delays in the preparation of the annual accounts and billing of income, debt collection and safeguarding of assets.

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  • Special Report 81 National Asset Management Agency - Progress Report 2010 - 2012 Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 20 May 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the extent to which the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has made progress in achieving its overall objectives, as required under the NAMA Act 2009. The report reviews the outcome of the loan acquisition process and its contribution to removing uncertainty regarding property-related loans held by participating banks. It also reviews NAMA's financial performance as well as its progress towards meeting its debt redemption targets and obtaining the best achievable financial return. In addition, the report looks at the arrangements that NAMA has in place for administering the loans and managing debtors and the steps that it taken to protect and enhance the value of assets acquired and the underlying collateral.

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  • Special Report 80: Administration of National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 29 April 2013

    Over the period 1998 to 2009, money was allocated by a number of public bodies for social partnership initiatives involving health sector and local authority sector staff. A bank account entitled the SIPTU National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Account (the Fund) was set up to hold the money provided. The Fund was administered by a senior official of SIPTU. Because of public concern about the operation of the Fund, the Comptroller and Auditor General undertook an inspection of all the available accounts and financial records relating to the Fund, in accordance with section 5 (1) (b) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993. The report examines the payment of public money to the Fund, and the extent to which adequate accounting and reporting arrangements were put in place by the public bodies that provided the funding. It also examines how the money in the Fund was managed and used. It includes recommendations designed to improve the control over and accountability for State grants

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  • Special Report 79: National Asset Management Agency – Management of Loans Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 24 May 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General reviewed the extent to which the loan acquisition process has been completed by the National Asset Management Agency and the profile of the collateral underlying the loans it has acquired. The report also looks at how NAMA manages its relationships with borrowers following acquisition of the loans and at the results of its initial debt management activities.

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  • Special Report 78: Matters Arising out of Education Audits Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 05 June 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of matters arising out of audits in the education sector. The scope of the examination included aspects of resource management in third level institutions and activities conducted through campus companies and foundations in those institutions. The report also includes certain matters relating to remuneration and accountability that are principally a follow up to matters reported in special report 75 issued in September 2010.

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  • Special Report 77 – Dublin Docklands Development Authority Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 31 May 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General was appointed auditor of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (the Authority) beginning with the financial year 2010. The audit report on the Authority's financial statements for that year was issued on 7 November 2011. In addition, the Comptroller and Auditor General prepared a special report on the Authority, to give a fuller account of the overall financial status and administration of the Authority, the management of its investment in the Irish Glass Bottle site and how its planning function is being administered

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  • Special Report 76: National Asset Management Agency – Acquisition of Bank Assets Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 02 November 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the Acquisition of Bank Assets by the National Asset Management Agency. The purpose of this initial report is to give an early account of the structures, systems and procedures put in place by NAMA to implement its functions. The report also sets out the outturn of the first loan acquisitions and the arrangements for governing and resourcing the agency.

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  • Special Report 75; Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 17 September 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Resource Management and Performance in the seven Irish universities under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills. The examination evaluated the amount and nature of funding provided to universities and assessed the relationships between auditors of universities. It also considered how technologies and management information are used to improve outputs and the arrangements for reviewing the quality of outputs. The remuneration practices, including payment of allowances and other benefits, were reviewed along with the management of external work at two universities and the custom of awarding added years in calculating pension entitlements of university employees was also outlined.

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  • Special Report 74: Education Sector Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 03 December 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of payments from the Strategic Innovation Fund, the arrangements to monitor attendance in primary and post-primary schools, the causes of an overrun on a capital development project at Cork Institute of Technology, the operation of an early retirement scheme by FETAC, certain remuneration and expenses in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the current status of the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme and related matters.

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  • Special Report 73: Internal Control and Governance in FÁS Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 28 January 2010

    FÁS operates under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and has functions in relation to the training of persons with disabilities and the unemployed, the upskilling of the employed and the administration of apprenticeships. This examination involved a review of internal control, governance and related matters in FÁS over the period 2002 to 2008. It focused on transactions carried out at FÁS Head Office and governance arrangements for the organisation. It also reviewed the management of the Competency Development Programme and the administration of foreign travel and business expenses. The report identifies a number of areas where improvements could be made to the systems, practices and procedures employed by FÁS.

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  • Special Report 72: Financial Regulator Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 March 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, John Buckley, has published a report on the Financial Regulator's response to the Financial Market Crisis. The report outlines the measures taken or proposed by the Financial Regulator in order to respond to the shortcomings in financial regulation that came to light as the recent financial crisis unfolded. It also outlines the findings of recent EU and international reports that examined the operation of financial regulation.

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  • Special Report 71: Driver Testing in the Road Safety Authority Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 05 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the Driver Testing Service administered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The examination evaluated the adequacy of RSA's contract development and management procedures in respect of its contracts for outsourced tests. It also evaluated the overall efficiency of the Driver Testing Service and the systems put in place by the RSA to manage organisational performance and to facilitate oversight by the Department of Transport.

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  • Special Report 70: Emergency Departments Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 12 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of emergency departments. The report on the examination was submitted to the Minister for Health and Children on 19 November 2009. Under the provisions of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993, the Minister is required to present the report to Dáil Éireann within three months of the date on which the report was submitted to her.

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  • Special Report 69: Managing Sickness Absence in the Civil Service Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the management of sickness absence in the Civil Service. The examination looked at the scale of sickness absence in Civil Service departments, the nature of this absence and its distribution amongst staff. It calculated the financial impact of sickness absence on departments. It reviewed the arrangements that departments have in place to manage, monitor and control absence due to sickness. It also looked at the extent to which measures and initiatives have been adopted to promote wellbeing and attendance.

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  • Special Report 68: Central Government Pensions Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of public service pensions. The results of the examination provided an estimate of the accrued public service pensions liability in respect of public service staff, pension cash flow projections over the next 50 years and the cost of providing superannuation benefits for the various categories of public service employees in terms of their payroll costs. The examination also looked at the administrative, funding and accounting arrangements for pensions of public servants.

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  • Special Report 67: The Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technolog Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 29 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of three areas of responsibility of the Department of Education and Science - the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology and The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The examination of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools considered the value delivered by the resources expended on the scheme, equivalent to the cost of 37 hours per annum for each teacher employed by the Department. The examination of the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology focussed on the systems and procedures in place in Institutes of Technology for the management of staff to ensure that the terms of their employment contracts are adhered to and that the services paid for are delivered. The examination of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse focussed on the timeliness and cost of its investigations.

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  • Special Report 66 – Advertising and Promotion in FÁS Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 10 September 2009

    FÁS operates under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and has functions in relation to the training of persons with disabilities and the unemployed, the upskilling of the employed and the administration of apprenticeships. This examination looked at advertising and promotional expenditure by FÁS in the period 2002-2008. It examined the budgetary control over advertising and promotional expenditure, the general strategy under which it was spent and the extent to which its effectiveness was evaluated. The examination also reviewed the procurement of advertising and related services

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  • Special Report 65: Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 24 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of two areas of responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery. The examination of Water Services considered the extent to which the investment provided by the State has resulted in the quality of drinking water in Ireland meeting the minimum standards of fitness for human consumption as set out in national and EU legislation. The examination of Affordable Housing Delivery reviewed overall target achievement under the Affordable Housing Initiative and the contribution of the Affordable Homes Partnership to the initiative. It also considered the problems arising in the provision of affordable housing in changing economic conditions.

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  • VFM Report 64: Drug Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 05 June 2009

    Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation services are provided through a wide range of publicly-funded agencies in a variety of settings including drug treatment clinics, under the supervision of community GP's and pharmacists and in prisons. This examination looked at all the main publicly-funded treatment and rehabilitation services provided for persons with addiction to illegal drugs. It looked at the extent to which the demand for treatment and rehabilitation services is met and the timeliness of access to treatment. It also looked at the extent to which the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation services are evaluated, and the effectiveness of the arrangements for coordination of treatment and rehabilitation at an individual case level, and nationally.

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  • Special Report 63: Tribunals of Inquiry Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 12 February 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Tribunals of Inquiry. The examination reviewed the timescale, cost and efficiency of three major tribunals that are nearing completion. The tribunals examined were the Mahon, Morris and Moriarty Tribunals.

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  • Special Report 62: National Museum of Ireland Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 13 March 2008

    This special report reviews the National Museum of Ireland's (NMI) management of the national collection of some 4 million heritage objects, particularly in relation to the documentation of the collections and accessibility to them by the public and researchers. It also examines the arrangements for strategy setting and risk management.

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  • Special Report 61: Ballymun Regeneration Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 03 March 2008

    In 1997, the Government approved a proposal to address social and economic deprivation in the Ballymun area of Dublin. A Masterplan for the regeneration programme was developed in 1998. The examination reviews how the programme has developed in terms of time, cost and delivery. It also examines economic and social renewal progress and the challenges that remain to the successful completion of the regeneration programme.

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  • Special Report Number 60: The Valuation Office Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 February 2008

    The Valuation Office provides a property valuation service to ratepayers and rating authorities. It also provides a non-statutory property valuation service to government departments and public bodies. Legislation enacted in 2001 assigned it the responsibility for revaluing all commercial and industrial property in the State. The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the Valuation Office examines ;the arrangements for the provision of valuation services to rating authorities and public bodies; the progress in implementation of the revaluation programme; how overall performance is managed.

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  • Special Report Number 59: Management Information Systems in the Institute of Technology Sector Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 18 December 2007

    The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the implementation of management information systems in the Institutes of Technology examines how well the management of procurement of systems and related contracting was handled; how well the implementation project was effected; whether the project objectives have been achieved and the extent of user satisfaction with the implemented systems.

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  • Special Report Number 58: eGovernment Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 07 January 2008

    The term eGovernment refers to the provision of public services using information and communications technology (ICT), particularly the internet. On-line service delivery enables members of the public to do business with providers of public services at any time. It also presents service providers themselves with opportunities to increase efficiency by streamlining their business processes. Two Government action plans, launched in 1999 and 2002, set out a series of actions and initiatives designed to exploit the potential benefits of eGovernment. This examination was undertaken to establish the extent to which government departments and agencies are providing information and services on-line and are using internet-based technology to improve their efficiency. Ireland's performance compared to other countries was examined. The development of the on-line Public Services Broker by Reach (a unit of the Department of Social and Family Affairs) was also examined

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  • Special Report Number 57: Financial Regulator Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 27 July 2007

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has published a report on a value for money examination of the Financial Regulator. The Financial Regulator oversees the regulation of most forms of financial services provision in Ireland. It has a two-part mandate: a prudential mandate, under which it aims to foster sound, dynamic financial institutions in Ireland: and a consumer mandate, under which it aims to help consumers make informed financial decisions in a safe and fair market. The operating cost of the Financial Regulator increased from €35 million in 2004 to just short of €46 million in 2006, a 30% increase in two years. The Comptroller and Auditor General's examination looked at ·how the Financial Regulator sets standards and provides guidance to financial service providers, particularly in relation to promulgation of EU single market measures ·operational measures undertaken by the Financial Regulator to monitor compliance by financial service providers with st

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  • VFM Report 56: Improving Performance Public Service Case Studies Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 19 June 2007

    This special report examines how performance issues identified in value for money reports issued between 1997 and 2000 have been addressed by the public sector organisations concerned. The report also examines the impact of public service modernisation and the extent of evolution of delivery systems in the areas covered by those reports. In addition, two chapters outline the response of government Departments to reports which reviewed consultancy support and staff training and development across the civil service.

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  • VFM Report 55: Medical Consultants Contract Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 20 April 2007

    Over 2,000 medical consultants work in public and voluntary hospitals in Ireland. Their terms of employment are governed by a common contract agreed in 1997 and revision of this contract is currently the subject of negotiations between the Department of Health and Children, the Health Service Executive and the medical consultants' representative organisations. The examination reviewed the extent to which the provisions of the common contract were implemented by hospital managements in the acute hospital sector.

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  • VFM Report 54: Educational Disadvantage Initiatives in the Primary sector Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 06 September 2006

    Educational disadvantage arises where there are impediments to education arising from social or economic disadvantage which prevent pupils from deriving appropriate benefit from education in schools. In the school year 2003/2004, €61.8m was made available under four main initiatives to address educational disadvantage. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that reviewed the targeting of additional resources, identified the interventions currently in operation citing opportunities for better practice and examined the arrangements in place for evaluating the effectiveness of the initiatives

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  • VFM Report 53: Rent Supplements Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 May 2006

    Rent supplements are paid to persons living in private rented accommodation who have difficulty in meeting their rent payments. Most recipients of rent supplement depend on welfare payments as their main source of income. Annual expenditure on rent supplements increased from around €150 million in 2000 to around €369 million in 2005. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that identified the factors that gave rise to the rapid increase in expenditure, reviewed how well the scheme is managed and considered its future direction.

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  • VFM Report 52: Provision of Disability Services by Nonprofit Organisations Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 15 March 2006

    The report presents the findings of a value for money examination on the arrangements between the State and the nonprofit sector for the provision of disability services, particularly as they apply to the larger nonprofit organisations. The State provided €877m to nonprofit organisations for these services in 2004. The examination looked at how the need for disability services is determined and responded to, the service framework within which the nonprofit organisations deliver these services and how services actually provided are monitored and evaluated. It also considered the issues that will have to be addressed in future delivery of the services

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  • VFM Report 51: Development of Human Resource Management System for the Health Service (PPARS) Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 14 December 2005

    The report presents the findings of a value for money examination on the development of a human resource management system for the health service (PPARS). The examination looked at the outturn on the project in terms of cost, time and functionality. It also reviewed how the project was planned and governed including the adequacy of the business appraisal, how change management was handled and the arrangements for the procurement and management of consultancy and technical support services as well as the extent to which the expected benefits are being realised

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  • VFM Report 50: Property Sale by Shannon Development Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 November 2005

    The report presents the findings of an examination that looked into whether the disposal of a property by Shannon Development had been effected on the best terms reasonably obtainable and in accordance with public financial procedures. The report also examined Shannon Development's property disposal procedures generally.

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  • VFM Report 49: Waste Management in Hospitals Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 24 June 2005

    Potentially hazardous waste material arising from healthcare-related activities — healthcare risk waste — requires special management and the use of costly handling and disposal arrangements to avoid causing infection or injury to those who come in contact with it, and to minimise negative impacts on the environment. Hospitals also produce large volumes of non-risk waste. The examination sought to identify - the level of output of waste in publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland, and the type of waste produced - the costs associated with the collection, handling, treatment and disposal of such waste - good practice in the management of waste in publicly-funded hospitals. A survey of publicly-funded hospitals was undertaken to inform the examination.

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  • VFM Report 48: The Grouped Schools Pilot Partnership Project Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 28 September 2004

    The Department of Education and Science, together with Jarvis Projects Ltd, developed a public private partnership (PPP) for the construction of five second level schools, and for the maintenance and running of the school buildings over a 25-year contract period. The report presents the findings of an examination that looked at how the Department managed the project, and how it evaluated the proposals received from potential private sector partners and the value for money offered by the final agreed deal. It also looked at the lessons learned from the project, both for the future provision of second level schools and for other PPP projects

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  • VFM Report 47: Television Licence Fee Collection Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 29 April 2004

    The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources is responsible for putting in place arrangements for the collection of fees for television licences. An Post (the State-owned postal company) acts as the agent for the sale of licences, and for the pursuit of licence fee evaders. The report gives the results of an examination of how the Department manages the fee collection process and the agency arrangement to ensure their effectiveness. It also looked at the efficiency of the collection procedures adopted by An Post.

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  • VFM Report 46; The Probation and Welfare Service Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 26 April 2004

    The Probation and Welfare Service supervises offenders subject to community-based sanctions; provides reports to judges to assist them in making sentencing decisions; and is involved in rehabilitation and re-integration of prisoners. The report presents the findings of an examination that looked at how well the Service addressed the demands for its outputs and the efficiency of its operations. It also looked at how well the Service evaluates the effectiveness of its operations.

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  • VFM Report 45: Evaluation of Control Activity Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 26 February 2004

    The Department of Social and Family Affairs carries out control procedures designed to detect fraud and errors in income support payments, and to prevent such cases arising. It also seeks to recover overpayments and to prosecute those committing fraud. The report presents the results of an examination that looked at the extent to which review and control activity is informed by an assessment of the risk of fraud and error attaching to the different welfare schemes. It also looked at the Department's effectiveness in recovering and deterring overpayments, and how it evaluates its performance in that regard.

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  • VFM Report 44: Waiting List Initiative Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 26 November 2003

    The Department of Health and Children introduced the Waiting List Initiative (WLI) to deal with the problem of significant numbers of patients waiting long periods of time for elective inpatient treatment in the acute hospitals. The report presents the findings of an examination that looked at how well the WLI funding was used. It also looked at impact of the WLI on the target group of long waiting patients, and at how waiting time and waiting lists were monitored and managed.

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  • VFM Report 43: The Building Maintenance Service Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 18 February 2003

    The Office of Public Works' Building Maintenance Service (BMS) carries out general maintenance work and specialised restoration and repair work on State property. The financial statement on the operation of the BMS indicated that the BMS had incurred a significant loss on its activities in 2000. The report presents the results of an examination that looked at the management and operation of the BMS to establish the reasons for the reported loss.

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  • VFM Report 42: Car Parking at Beaumont Hospital Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 25 February 2003

    Beaumont Hospital arranged with a private sector consortium for the construction and operation of a multi-story car park on the hospital campus. The report presents the results of an examination that looked at the arrangement involved in procuring the car park and the systems and procedures put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the arrangements from the hospital's and the taxpayers' points of view.

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  • VFM Report 42: Beaumont Car Park: Appendices Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 25 February 2003

    This appendix reproduces the text of a report sent to the Board of Beaumont Hospital on 17 September 1998. Other than the developer who submitted the successful proposal and related companies, the names of private parties are not reproduced here. All amounts of money are shown here in Euro equivalents. The original report presented monetary amounts in IR£.

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  • VFM Report 41: Planning Appeals Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 11 July 2002

    Spatial planning is regulated by local planning authorities whose decisions can be appealed to a national agency - An Bord Pleanála (the Planning Board). Appeals involve a complete re-examination by the Board of the application for permission. The report presents the results of an examination of how well the Board manages the appeals system. It also looked at how the effectiveness of the appeals system is evaluated by the Board and by the Department of the Environment and Local Government.

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  • VFM Report 40: Purchasing of Tyres by An Garda Siochana Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 November 2001

    The Garda Síochána (Police)Transport Section has overall responsibility for the management and maintenance of the Garda vehicle fleet. Newspaper reports alleged that senior members of the Transport Section involved in the purchasing of tyres for the fleet had been entertained on recreational trips abroad, paid for by the principal supplier of tyres to the force. The report presents the results of an examination that looked at whether there was a loss of economy in the purchase of tyres by the Garda Síochána. It also examined the tendering, procurement and payment procedures for tyres for the Garda Síochána to establish if they accorded with best practice.

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