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SAGE given extra time to submit final report

The SAGE Commission has been given a two-week extension to submit its final report to Government.

Finance Minister Bob Richards tabled an order in the House of Assembly this morning giving the group until October 31.

The extension prompted independent MP Terry Lister to question whether SAGE's report had been delayed due to its handling of the awards it recently gave to civil servants and members of the public.

“I'm trying to find out why they are getting an extension,” he said.

He asked Mr Richards: “Do you believe that that time used by the SAGE could have been better spent if they had handled the award and the seeking information from the public and civil servants a better way?”

Mr Richards replied: “No. The SAGE has a big job. They needed more time.”

Earlier, the Minister told MPs: “The Commission's primary objective was to advise Government on the most efficient and cost-effective government organisational structure in order to improve delivery of services, introduce cost-saving and greater transparency and accountability.

“The Commission was charged with conducting this work and delivering their recommendations to the Minister of Finance within a six-month period.

“The SAGE Commission commenced its work as soon as they were officially appointed on April 15, 2013, and based on the provisions in the legislation were due to submit their recommendations and final report on October 15, 2013.

“The SAGE has asked for an additional two weeks in order to complete their final report.

“I look forward to receiving the SAGE's final report and recommendations and the implementation of those recommendations which will make Government more efficient and cost-effective with the ultimate aim to reduce overall Government expenditure.”

Finance Minister Bob Richards (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published October 02, 2013 at 11:56 am (Updated October 03, 2013 at 1:44 am)

SAGE given extra time to submit final report

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