Special Reports

Report into Contentious Issues Management in the Ministry of Finance

  • Report on allegations of political interference in two FOI requests. The allegations were made by members of the Opposition Party and they related to actions taken by a Legislative Assistant in the office of the Minister of Finance.
  • Findings:
  • Contentious issues management processes, absent politically driven influences, are not inconsistent with the government’s responsibilities under the Act.
  • No evidence of political interference in either request was found.
  • Ministry’s contentious issues management process allowed inaction by political staff to lead to unacceptable delays in processing one request – Minister to conduct a review of that process
  • IPC to offer comprehensive training to political staff.
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