I came across this by chance a little while ago, and though I don’t know the full details, it strikes me as another perfect example of how the clowns running this country (politicians and civil servants) have a complete disregard for the money that we’re paying in taxes.
We have a full government department responsible for creating “value for money” reports – the Comptroller and Auditor General. The work carried out by this office is sometimes useful, though most of the time you get the feeling they’re pissing against the wind when it comes to actually achieving anything given the scale of the waste they’re up against, and their inability to actually institute change.
But anyway. That’s their job – or part of it – to create value for moeny reports. According to their website:
Value for Money Reports record the results of examinations into (a) the economy and efficiency with which State bodies acquire, use and dispose of resources (b) the systems, procedures and practices employed by State bodies for evaluation the effectiveness of their operation.
So why the hell, then, is the Department of Foreign Affairs going off to KPMG to have a “Value for Money Review of the Irish Passport Service” created, at no doubt massive expense back in June 2008.
What an absolute waste of €55.782 – though, from this Dail debate, it looks like something Paul Kehoe was following up on anyway – and it seems like its only one of many. Based on a Dail response from Minister Michael Martin, the Department of Foreign Affairs seems quite fond of externally contracting value for money reports – sharing them out nicely amongst many of the Dublin based consultancies in case any of them are feeling left out.