The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, is firing back at a news item on the front page of the Jamaica Observer this morning.
The story headlined Law Breakers quoted INDECOM as one of the organizations that has never submitted an annual report up to June 2014.
INDECOM says it has presented four annual reports to Parliament. The Commission says it will release its fifth report in July.
INDECOM says it has also released five Quarterly Reports since January 2014.
In it’s advisory, the Commission says the first three Annual Reports did not include the audited financial statements as these were not provided by the Auditor General’s Department, AGD, until July 4, 2014.
The fourth Annual Report which was published in December 2014 includes all 2010 to 2013 audited financial statements provided by the AGD at that time.
INDECOM says it is important to also note that their audited financial statements for 2013 to 2014, which were submitted by AGD on February 2, 2016, are included in the next Annual Report.
The Commission patiently awaits the audited financial statements for 2014-2015.
INDECOM says it rejects any statement of the Commission failing to perform its lawful duty to provide prompt annual reports regarding the Commissions’ affairs.
The Commission says it has always produced regular reports to update Parliament on its operations.
Under the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, State agencies and departments are required to submit annual reports as soon as possible after the end of each financial year, but not more than four months thereafter.