Public Accounts Committee scrutinises Chief Executive on performance of Chief Officers
2nd February 2023
the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a Quarterly Public Hearing with the
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Government of Jersey, Suzanne Wylie.
During the Hearing, the PAC questioned the CEO on key areas of performance
management for the Government, including:
Digitisation of services:
- The PAC
heard that a new working group has been established, with a Digital Strategy
coming forward soon. The PAC expressed disappointment that more clarification
was not given on the contents and timeline of the Digital Strategy.
spend for IT modernisation projects falls in line with the business case
previously made from 2020 to the end of 2022.
- To explore what is deliverable in terms of automatic voter registration in time for the 2026 election.
Organisations and Arm’s Length Organisations (ALOs):
- The PAC questioned the
CEO on whether a framework has been produced to introduce key targets for
non-government organisations and ALOs. The PAC heard that an oversight body has
been set up within government to facilitate this.
- The oversight group has
created new memorandums of understanding between the Government and ALOs as
well as policy targets with key performance indicators attached, which will be
reviewed each quarter.
- Better communication with ALOs is a key focus for the
Government going forward.
Appraisal of Chief Officers and objective setting:
- The process of performance appraisal for Chief Officers was confirmed by the
CEO. Chief Officers are responsible for delivering the objectives of the
ministerial departments and report directly to the CEO.
management for Chief Officers mirrors the rest of the organisation.
Lyndsay Feltham, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: ‘We thank the
Chief Executive Officer for her responses to our questions. We are pleased to
hear that performance management for the Chief Executive Officers falls in line
with the rest of Government and will continue to hold Senior Officials to
account in regards to the implementation and delivery of their stated
objectives. However, we’d hoped that the Government would have achieved PRESS
NOTICE greater efficiency in delivering a clear and timely Digital Strategy. We
look forward to seeing this soon with a high degree of quality.’
A full recording of the public hearing can be watched here.
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