17 February 2011

Most State Services agencies have posted on websites their chief executives’ travel and hospitality expenses for the six months to 31 December 2010.  This follows a direction from the State Services Commissioner as part of his responsibility to set standards of integrity and conduct.

A number of jurisdictions require this sort of openness from a broader range of officials. Canada has probably the most transparent and user friendly disclosure process, with data relating to several tiers of senior officials being posted each month.

In the United States attention has focussed on federal employees using agency credit cards for improper purposes. A senator who promoted legislation requiring tighter agency controls, has identified fraud in the Defence Department, Federal Aviation Administration and the Forest Service. His claim is that agency cards have used to pay for a range of unofficial purposes.  Inevitably allegations include spending on entertaining, gambling and prostitutes.