Director of Audit

ICAC asked to tighten rules on repayment of expenses

ICAC asked to tighten rules on repayment of expenses

The Director of Audit called on the city's graft-buster to review its reimbursement system after the facts of how it fudged entertaining expenses to exceed budget limits on two official dinners came to light.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 3:44am 1 comment

Public heritage sites left to crumble

Site that needs attention includes the entrance gate of Tseuk Yuen. Photo: David Wong

The Director of Audit's report found that 16 public heritage sites either were either not being maintained or had not be used for periods of up to 20 years. Ten of these buildings are "unallocated" to any bureau or department, which means the Architectural Services Department only provides emergency repairs to address immediate defects or danger, according to the report issued yesterday.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:50am

Kindergartens rapped over high miscellaneous fees

Education Secretary Eddie Ng sees room for improvement

Government auditors rapped some kindergartens for imposing high miscellaneous fees on pupils and failing to retain teachers even as they enjoyed large rental subsidies for their premises. The Director of Audit's latest report studied 740 kindergartens on the government's voucher scheme under which parents received fee subsidies. The scheme was set up to help less well-off families and also to provide schools with the means for professional development.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:55am

Disappearing paper trail more evidence of need for archive law

Wong Kam-sing

How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Audit chief has to prove critics wrong

The public owe a lot to the Audit Commission for its professionalism and independence in ensuring that the misuse of taxpayers' money will not go uncensured. Over the decades, the department has stood out as a public-spending watchdog with credibility and support.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Action on some hillside orders eight years late

The Director of Audit found more than eight years had passed as of March since action had been requested on 14 per cent of 724 pending Dangerous Hillside Orders. The Buildings Department had also been slow to prosecute slope owners for not complying with an order, in some cases by up to four years.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Drug surveillance 'should be improved'

26 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

EOC chief accused of 'hogging power'

The chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission yesterday faced fresh scrutiny over why he appeared to have withheld a damning audit report on his financial management from commission members.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Watchdog saved taxpayers' money, says chief who rules out quitting

Following guidelines and instructions may not always produce the most efficient outcome, Equal Opportunities Commission chief Raymond Tang Yee-bong said yesterday.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Under fire

The director of audit has criticised the Consumer Council for sloppy corporate governance. Given the important role the council plays in helping ordinary citizens, what changes should it implement? Write to us.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Missing leases mean missed income

The leases of 78 government quarters and car parks have gone missing, resulting in missed opportunities for additional income from the quarters being rented or disposed of, the audit report says. The loss had been unresolved by September.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Audit report shows a need to mend ways

The Consumer Council's mandate is to help people make wise purchases, with good value for money. But the government auditor has now singled out the consumer watchdog for being wasteful and inefficient. Compared with some of its past scathing criticism of other statutory bodies such as the Tourism Board under former head Clara Chong Ming-wah, the latest censure is relatively mild.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Ex-audit official found dead in Mid-Levels

The former deputy director of audit, Johnsman Au Chung-man, 58, was found dead yesterday, hanging in a storeroom at the Mid-Levels block where he lived.

Police said they discovered nothing suspicious and no note was found at the scene.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers disagree with audit body's report

The Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee has disagreed with the Audit Commission over whether government departments should strictly comply with internal regulations, and says one of the commission's recommendations could 'cause difficulties' for the departments'.

10 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Kicking the habit

The Director of Audit has called for a shake-up in treatment programmes for drug abusers to curb the sharp rise in the use of psychotropic drugs. Is enough being done to help addicts quit? Write to us.

11 Apr 2008 - 12:00am